Pratt & Whitney has issued a purchase order to South Australian firm Levett Engineering to make F135 engine components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
The purchase order covers the manufacture, development and delivery of F135 engine main bearing housings, supports and oil flow manifolds for the global JSF engine fleet.
Vice-president military engines and business Howie Chandler says: “Levett competed and succeeded on a global stage at providing a best value manufacturing solution for the F135 engine and the F-35 program.”
Managing director Levett Engineering Paul Levett adds: “This purchase order significantly expands the work scope we currently have with Pratt & Whitney and is especially important to Levett as a small-medium enterprise in Australia.”
Levett Engineering has been supplying second- and third-stage turbine vane transfer tubes for the F135 since 2009, and this new purchase order doubles the number of components to be supplied by the company to Pratt & Whitney.