Pratt & Whitney wins F135 turbofan support contract

Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, a division of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), is being awarded a contract modification, valued at around $353 million, for F135 turbofan engine support.

This modification provides for performance based logistics sustainment in support of the Pratt & Whitney F135 propulsion system in support of the F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft for the U.S. Navy, Air Force (USAF), Marine Corps (USMC), non-U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) participants and foreign military Sales (FMS) customers.

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

This modification provides for maintenance of support equipment, common program activities, unique and common base recurring sustainment, repair of repairable, field service representatives, common replenishment spares, conventional take-off and landing/carrier variant F-135 unique maintenance services, and short take-off and landing F-135 unique services.

Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (73 percent); Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (18 percent); Camari, Italy (3 percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (2 percent); Edwards Air Force Base, California (1 percent); Hill Air Force Base, Utah (1 percent); Luke Air Force Base, Arizona (1 percent); and Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, South Carolina (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2018.

Pratt & Whitney F135

Pratt & Whitney F135 is an afterburning turbofan developed for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, a single-engine strike fighter. The F135 family has several distinct variants; a conventional, forward thrust variant and a multi-cycle Short Take-Off Vertical Landing STOVL variant that includes a forward lift fan. The first production engines were scheduled to be delivered in 2009.

P&W developed the F135 from their F119 turbofan, which powers the F-22 Raptor, as the “F119-JSF”. The F135 integrates the F119 core with new components optimized for the JSF.

The F135 team is made up of Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce and Hamilton Sundstrand. Pratt & Whitney is the prime contractor for the main engine, and systems integration. Rolls-Royce is responsible for the vertical lift system for the STOVL aircraft. Hamilton Sundstrand is responsible for the electronic engine control system, actuation system, PMAG, gearbox, and health monitoring systems. Woodward, Inc. is responsible for the fuel system.

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