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Posted on Jul 13, 2016


Companies benefit from F-35 business

Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney have been supporting F-35B aircraft flown by the UK and US Marine Corps across the United States, but the companies will be joining forces to provide comprehensive technical support at Royal Air Force Marham to support F135 engines and the trademarked LiftSystems on the UK’s F-35B Lightning II aircraft.

The two industry-leading engine companies will institute a Performance-Based 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 formalized 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 program, 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.

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Defence Aerospace, said: “We look forward to matching the innovation of this fantastic aircraft with an equally innovative support programme.”