P&W signs deals with Australian suppliers

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 26, 2010
An F135 under test. (P&W)

Pratt & Whitney has signed a purchase order with Melbourne based Production Parts to manufacture F135 high compressor cases for the JSF program.

The agreement, signed on July 19 at the Farnborough Airshow, has a potential value of A$128 million over the production life of the JSF 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 of 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.”

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P&W has also signed a A$7.5 million agreement with Adelaide based Broens Industries to design and manufacture ground support equipment for the removal and installation of F135 engine gearboxes.

“Broens has demonstrated the ability to deliver the most innovative solution for removal and installation of the F135 engine’s gearbox with its technologically advanced ground support equipment, designed and built specifically for the F135 engine program,” said Croswell. “We look forward to a long working relationship with Broens.”

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