Pratt & Whit­ney, Roll­sRoyce team UK F-35Bs


Pratt & Whit­ney and Rolls-Royce will join forces to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive tech­ni­cal sup­port at the Royal Air Force Marham to sup­port F135 en­gines and the LiftSys­tems on the UK’s F-35B Light­ning II air­craft. The two in­dus­try-lead­ing en­gine com­pa­nies will in­sti­tute a per­for­mance­based lo­gis­tics (PBL) ap­proach to sus­tain­ment for the propul­sion sys­tems. A PBL con­tract­ing struc­ture in­cen­tivises con­trac­tors to fo­cus on out­comes such as propul­sion sys­tem avail­abil­ity, lead­ing to greater ef­fi­cien­cies, mu­tual cost re­duc­tions, and op­er­a­tor ben­e­fits. The com­pa­nies for­malised the new work­ing re­la­tion­ship by sign­ing a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing, agree­ing to in­crease lev­els of co­op­er­a­tion and im­prove syn­ergy as they join forces in sup­port of the cus­tomer.

The agree­ment de­fines how the com­pa­nies will col­lab­o­rate and grow their sus­tain­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Pratt & Whit­ney, lead propul­sion in­te­gra­tor for the F-35 pro­gramme, will fo­cus pri­mar­ily on sys­tem-level per­for­mance of its F135 en­gines. Rolls-Royce will lead on sup­port for the LiftSys­tem tech­nol­ogy the com­pany de­vel­oped and pro­duced, while also un­der­tak­ing some del­e­gated sup­port work on the main F135 en­gine. The two com­pa­nies will also look to duplicate this sup­port model for other F-35B cus­tomers.

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