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Pratt & Whitney awarded $1.13B for F135 engine production

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EAST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (BNS): The US Department of Defence has awarded Pratt & Whitney a $1.13 billion contract for F135 production engines to power the F-35 Lightning II.

Pratt & Whitney and the DoD have reached an agreement on price and terms for the LRIP 4 contract, originally awarded in July 2010, which contains fixed-price and cost-plus incentive fee elements, a company statement said.

The low rate initial production (LRIP) contract includes production, spare parts, sustainment and delivery of the fourth lot of F135 engines.

“This contract provides our customer with a 15 percent savings on the conventional takeoff and landing/carrier variant (CTOL/CV), compared to LRIP 3, and demonstrates our commitment toward meeting aggressive cost reduction goals for the F135 engine,” said Bennett Croswell, president of Military Engines, Pratt & Whitney.

“It also speaks to the maturity of our engine, which builds on the proven technology of our F119 engine. The F135 engine has powered all 868 F-35 flights, including 100 vertical landings in the short takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) configuration,” he said.

The fourth lot of F135 engines includes 18 conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) and 19 STOVL engines. Deliveries for this lot are slated to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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