Pratt & Whitney and IHI Sign Contract for Japan F135 Engines and Industrial
TOKYO, Nov. 6, 2013
TOKYO, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IHI Corporation has signed a contract with
Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), to
qualify components for the Japanese fleet of F135 engines that power the 5th
generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.
Pratt & Whitney and IHI are also working on a series of industrial
participation stand-up contracts for additional F135 capability and in-country
F135 final assembly.
"Pratt & Whitney is proud of our long history of working together with IHI on
military engines, starting with the F100 engine for the JASDF F-15 fleet more
than 30 years ago," said Bennett Croswell, president, Pratt & Whitney Military
Engines. "We have tremendous respect for the high-quality of work that IHI is
known for, and we look forward to continuing our relationship for many years
The Japan Ministry of Defense announced its selection of the F-35A as the
JASDF next generation aircraft on Dec. 19, 2011, following the F-X competitive
bid process. Japan selected the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant
of the Lightning II through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales process. Following
the announcement, the Japan Ministry of Defense selected IHI Corporation as
the prime engine contractor for F135 engine industrial participation.
The F-35 was designed and built to counter the most advanced airborne and
ground-based threats -- exactly the air defense environment that Japan faces.
The F-35 possesses 5th generation capabilities that are not found on legacy
4th generation fighters: very low observable stealth coupled with full fighter
performance, advanced sensors and sensor fusion, network-enabled operations
and advanced sustainment. These attributes enable the F-35 to operate and
survive in high threat environments, which will provide Japan with strong
conventional deterrence and promote stability in the region.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of
aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units and small turbojet
propulsion products. United Technologies Corporation, based in Hartford,
Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and
services to the global aerospace and building industries. To learn more about
UTC, visit the website or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
IHI is the primary contractor and manufacturer for the aircraft engines used
by the Japan Ministry of Defense, and participates in international
collaborative projects that develop and supply various market segments, from
super large to small engines for civilian aircraft.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future
business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those
projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not
limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget
plans and availability of funding, and in the number of aircraft to be built;
challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced
technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not
limited to those detailed from time to time in the company's Securities and
Exchange Commission filings.
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