KONGSBERG, Norway (BulgarianMilitary.com) – GKN Aerospace Norway announced last week that the company has signed an eight-year contract with Pratt & Whitney for the manufacturing of F135 engine components that include diffuser cases, low pressure turbine cases and shafts, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
The scope of the contract also includes an extension for the supply of several shafts for other three types of Pratt & Whitney’s engines, and namely F100, JT8D and FT8.
That agreement expands the involvement of GKN Aerospace in the F135 program and strengthens the role of the company as a long-term supplier of components for engines manufactured by Pratt & Whitney.
The President of GKN Aerospace Engine Systems in Norway, Peter Hjortsberg, commented, “We are very proud to have entered into this contract, with our long term important customer Pratt & Whitney. This multi-year agreement is a great base for continued cooperation and will be beneficial for all parties involved. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with Pratt &Whitney and to work together as one excellent team.”
The production of all covered engine components is carried out at the facility GKN Aerospace in Kongsberg. That facility is GKN Aerospace Engine System’s Centre of Excellence for Shafts.
The Executive Director of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, O Sung Kwon, said, “This award reaffirms Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to F135 engine industrial participation in Norway. GKN Aerospace Norway competed globally and was selected as the best value supplier of these engine components, and will play a valuable role in our global supply chain for the F135 engine.”
The F135 propulsion system of Pratt & Whitney powers all three versions of the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft – the F-35A CTOL (Conventional Takeoff and Landing), F-35B STOVL (Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing), and F-35C CV (Carrier Variant).
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Source: GKN Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney