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Pratt & Whitney awarded $1.12B contract for F135 Engine

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EAST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (BNS): The US Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney an undefinitized contract award (UCA) not to exceed $1,122,306,649 for F135 production engines to power the F-35 Lightning II.

Pratt & Whitney and the DoD have reached a tentative agreement on key terms for the low rate initial production (LRIP) 5 contract which contains fixed-price and cost-plus incentive fee elements.

A total of $358,597,078 is being obligated at time of award, in addition to the $138,800,000 obligated in 2011 for advanced acquisition materials.

This LRIP contract includes production engines, spare parts, programme management, engineering support for production, sustainment and field support for the F135 engines.

The fifth lot of engines includes 21 conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) engines for the US Air Force; six carrier variant (CV) engines for the US Navy; and three short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) propulsion systems for the US Marine Corps.

The engines in LRIP 5 will support the US Services with main engine deliveries slated to begin in late-2012.

Pratt & Whitney has designed, developed and tested the F135 to deliver the most advanced fifth-generation fighter engine for the United States and its allies around the world.

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