Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce sign JSF contract
20 December 2001
Pratt & Whitney (P&W) and Rolls-Royce have signed a contract covering Rolls-Royce's short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) development work for the F135 propulsion system for the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.
The contract was signed by Walter Bylciw, Executive Vice President of Military Engines at P&W, and by Andy Stevens, Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Defence (Europe)
The contract, worth approximately $1 billion to Rolls-Royce over ten years, is for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program. It covers design and development work on the innovative LiftFan, the roll posts, the three bearing swivel duct and nozzle system that together provide the STOVL capability for the JSF. P&W has prime contractor responsibility for the development of the propulsion and lift system for the JSF under the terms of a $4.8 billion contract awarded by the US Department of Defense. Activities will include the design and manufacturing of ground test engines, as well as subsequent production and support of flight test engines.
The two companies also signed a teaming agreement for the F135 propulsion system, formalising the relationship between the two companies. The teaming agreement continues Rolls-Royce's responsibility in providing P&W with design and development leadership for major F135 STOVL components.
Bylciw said, "Global partnerships strengthen the JSF programme overall, and we look forward to Rolls-Royce joining us in delivering the most capable and mature propulsion system, on time and on budget, to our customer.''
"As a leading aero engine manufacturer for military aircraft, Rolls-Royce is ideally positioned to deliver the high technology required by the JSF Joint Programme Office to match their operational requirements,'' said Stevens. "Rolls-Royce is able to bring the technology and expertise it has gained as the manufacturer of the Pegasus engine for the AV-8B Harrier, which has been successful in multiple theatres and remains the world's only operational and combat-proven STOVL aircraft.''
Rolls-Royce involvement in JSF STOVL development will be led and programme managed by its Bristol, UK site and supported by its Indianapolis, US facility. Approximately 900 Rolls-Royce jobs, split between the US and UK, will be sustained by JSF during the SDD contract.
P&W's F135 propulsion system is expected to enter production in 2007. It will power all JSF aircraft variants, conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL), carrier variant (CV), and short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL). Up to 6,000 JSF aircraft are expected to be produced over the life of the program.
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