Pratt & Whitney has announced it has awarded a contract to South Australian firm Levett Engineering to manufacture components for F135 engines for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
The new contract covers bearing housings, covers, and related mechanical system components and has a potential value of approximately $200 million over the life of the F-35 program. This is in addition to a previous contract from P&W to manufacture second and third-stage turbine vane tubes and covers for the F135.
“This award reaffirms Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to F135 engine industrial participation in Australia,” Howie Chandler, vice president, Military Engines, Business Development at P&W said in a statement. “Levett competed globally and was selected as the best value supplier of these engine components, and continues to be a valuable part of our global supply chain for the F135 engine.”
Paul Levett, managing director of Levett Engineering added; “We are delighted to have earned the trust of Pratt & Whitney to manufacture and deliver these key components for the F135 engine. As a small to medium enterprise, we are focused on delivering high-quality products at competitive prices. Our contribution to the F135 engine helps ensure jobs and technology-know how remain an essential part of our local industry, and a key support to the needs of the Australian Defence Force.”