United Technologies Corporation Pratt & Whitney has won a new $214 million contract from US department of defense for jet engines maintenance for the over-cost and troubled F-35 stealth fighter bomber.
The defense contractor will maintain the F-35 jets for the US Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, as well as foreign military sales, US department of defense announced Wednesday.
The F-35 program’s overall cost has ballooned to more than $1 trillion, making it the most expensive weapons program in the Defense Department's history. The aircraft has suffered from a long line of flaws including systems malfunctions, schedule delays and cost overruns.
Pratt and Whitney has won a $250 million contract from US Naval Air Systems Command to provide spare parts for the F135 engine that powers F-35 joint strike fighter. As per the contract, Pratt & Whitey will provide initial spares including engines, modules, and parts to support Lot 9 low-rate initial production of the F135 engine for the global spares pool for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and international partners in the F-35 program, US department of defense said in a statement last Friday
General Electric and Pratt & Whitney have won contracts worth $210 million for Adaptive Engine Technology Development order. Both the companies will share 50% of the total money
The US Air Force will begin training its pilots on linked virtual F-35 simulators. Lockheed Martin last week announced the delivery of four networked F-35 simulators that can be shared over virtual world giving access to multiple trainees in tactical training exercise at a single time, Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday
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