Pratt & Whitney Qualifies Fokker Aerostructures as a Production Source for the F135 Static Structure, Awards Follow-On Contract for Additional Work
Pratt & Whitney has completed the first article inspection of a production quality static structure for the F135 engine produced by Fokker Aerostructures, a company based in The Netherlands. In addition, Pratt & Whitney has signed a Letter of Intent with Fokker to produce F135 engine synchronizing rings. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"We are very pleased to accept this first production quality static structure for the F135 engine produced by Fokker," said Warren Boley, president of Pratt & Whitney military engines. "The letter of intent for additional work on the F135 illustrates our confidence in Fokker as a best value source, to use their state-of-art high-speed machining capability to deliver high-quality components for the F135 engine."
"Fokker is very proud of this achievement; this represents an important step forward for the Dutch Industrial Participation in the JSF and F135 program," said Hans Büthker, president of Fokker Aerostructures. "Fokker is looking forward to further intensify and expand its cooperation with Pratt & Whitney in the near and long-term future."
Fokker Aerostructures designs, develops and produces light-weight structures for the aerospace and defense industry. Fokker Aerostructures is a strategic unit of Fokker Aerospace Group.
"We have been working with Dutch manufacturing companies for almost 30 years supporting our F100 family of engines as well as commercial product lines, and we are proud of this continuing relationship," Boley said.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities and operational engine performance. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in funding related to the F-35 aircraft and F135 engines, changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corp.'s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.