Pratt & Whitney Signs Agreement with Australian Supplier

Pratt & Whitney signed a purchase order on July 19 with Production Parts to manufacture a critical engine component for the F135 propulsion system program

1st Aug 2010


Pratt & Whitney signed a purchase order on July 19 with Production Parts to manufacture a critical engine component for the F135 propulsion system program. This new order, signed today at the Farnborough Air Show, combined with previously awarded work, has a potential value of more than $115 million over the life of the program.

“Production Parts has been producing engine components for Pratt & Whitney from the start of the F135 program, and continues to demonstrate the ability to deliver quality components, on time, to meet our customers’ needs,” said Bennett Croswell, vice president, Pratt & Whitney F135/F119 engine programs. “This work placement also enables Production Parts the opportunity, as a critical Pratt & Whitney supplier, to become part of the global sustainment solution for the F135 engine.”

Pratt & Whitney awarded Production Parts a best value purchase order to manufacture the high compressor case for the F135 engine program. This component provides a portion of the outer structural backbone of the engine.

“Receiving this purchase order to manufacture this critical component for the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine marks another important milestone in Production Parts' participation on the F-35 Lightning II program,” said Peter Nicolls, managing director, Production Parts. “This is the tenth component that Pratt & Whitney has placed with us for the F135 engine program, and we look forward to continuing this strong relationship with Pratt & Whitney.”

For nine years and more than 17,600 test hours, Pratt & Whitney has designed, developed and tested the F135 to deliver what it says is the most advanced fifth generation fighter engine for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as eight international partner countries.

The F135 propulsion system powers the F-35 Lightning II and according to the company has proven it can meet diverse aircraft requirements. The ground and flight test experience demonstrates the maturity and the associated reliability of the F135 engine for armed forces around the world.

Established in 1946, Production Parts is a recognized and proficient engineering facility which produces components for defense and aerospace, process-tooling and machinery parts. Other services and capabilities include precision assembly and the through–life support of complex mechanical systems. Production Parts is a member of the global F135 team that includes world-class aerospace companies representing all eight F-35 participating nations.
 

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