Rolls-Royce To Produce Vertical Lift Systems Under $195.5 Million F-35 Deal

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  • 02:28 PM, July 31, 2013
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Rolls-Royce has recently won a contract worth about $195.5 million to produce and support LiftSystems for the F-35 Lightning II program.

The Rolls-Royce LiftSystem enables F-35B aircraft to perform short takeoffs and vertical landings (STOVL) and is currently in service with the U.S. Marine Corps in Arizona.

For the fifth production lot, the final agreement with Pratt & Whitney includes three complete LiftSystems, spares, sustainment, program management, engineering and field support.

Rolls-Royce has delivered 35 LiftSystems till date and expanded field support to include five bases which are flying F-35B aircraft.

Dave Gordon, Rolls-Royce LiftSystem Program Director, said, "Rolls-Royce remains focused on further increasing the affordability of LiftSystems for the F-35B Lightning II as the program continues to grow and mature. Our field support has expanded and our state-of-the-art production facilities have brought new efficiencies to the program."

Rolls-Royce recently delivered the 50th 3-Bearing Swivel Module (3BSM) and 40th LiftFan for F-35B aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin, and is on schedule for LiftSystem deliveries.

The unique 3BSM is a swivelling exhaust capable of redirecting the rear thrust from the horizontal to the vertical position, tilting downward 95 degrees in only 2.5 seconds. The LiftFan is a two-stage, counter-rotating, blisked fan installed just behind the cockpit of the F-35B, providing 20,000 lbs. of downward thrust. The LiftSystem also includes two roll posts on the wings to provide stabilizing downward thrust. 

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