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Pratt & Whitney hopes to beat price goals for F-35 engine  (Source: DefenseNews)
Company found a way to boost thrust by 100 pounds for Marine F-35

The F-35 fighter program is over budget and behind schedule, but the contractors are working hard to get back cut costs and adhere to time schedules. One of the most costly components of the F-35 is its engine made by Pratt & Whitney. The company has announced that it is working to lower the price of the engine and that the price could drop even more in the coming years. 

This news comes ahead of the start of negotiations between the Pentagon and primary contractor Lockheed Martin for the next batch of fighters. Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt & Whitney military engines said, "We have activities planned and in place to bring the cost down in [low-rate initial production] 5."

The fifth batch of F-35 fighters is part of the LRIP 5 batch. Pratt & Whitney has plans to reduce the cost of the F135 engine to the price of the older F119 engine that the F-22A uses. What exactly those prices are is unknown since that is proprietary information owned by the engine builder. Pratt & Whitney has said that it was able to beat the price target during the negotiations for the fourth batch of fighters and it hoped to be able to beat pricing again on the fifth batch purchase.

Croswell said, "We're constantly looking at ways to do even better than what that plan is."

While negotiations are going on for the next batch of engines, Pratt & Whitney has announced that it has found a way to increase the thrust of the F135 engine used in the vertically landing version of the F-35 that will be flown by the Marine Corps. The change will add 100 pounds of thrust to the engine and the company is also trying to reduce the weight of the engine by 100 pounds.

There are some in Washington that want to see development of the second F-35 engine renewed. An amendment proposed by the House would allow the second engine to be developed at the cost of the builder. The second engine for the F-35 was officially killed in March.



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RE: Most expensive defense program, ever
By bhigh on 6/7/2011 2:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
whatever..."selective default"...hey china..we not paying you back anymore...


That would work, except every other nation would have to go along with it as well. Otherwise the US would no longer be able to trade.

Do you really want to be forced to buy American... for everything? Speaking as someone in the market for a new car, I certainly don't.


RE: Most expensive defense program, ever
By OS on 6/7/2011 3:18:54 PM , Rating: 2
Not necessarily, the fed/treasury keeps track who owns what treasury issues.
It'd be trivial for them to just zero out whatever we owe just china.


By fic2 on 6/7/2011 4:44:47 PM , Rating: 2
And then the U.S. dollar would be worthless around the world. The only way anyone would trade with the U.S. is through exchange of gold - G.O.D. (gold on delivery).


RE: Most expensive defense program, ever
By Richard875yh5 on 6/7/2011 6:00:24 PM , Rating: 2
What's wrong with American cars? Don't you think it would help American auto companies by buying an American car? The future of the USA will be shape by what the young generation does today. They will sleep on the bed they will create today.


By phantom505 on 6/7/2011 6:03:24 PM , Rating: 1
It's obvious, he hates America.


RE: Most expensive defense program, ever
By jjmcubed on 6/7/2011 6:47:05 PM , Rating: 3
There is a reason American WERE given a bad rap. Such as my family that was blindly GM and paid for it. My family no longer even thinks of GM.


By fic2 on 6/7/2011 7:51:54 PM , Rating: 2
Mine too. My parents would never buy anything foreign and now they only buy Toyota. I think the last straw was when a Chrysler or Lincoln (don't remember) was trying to get my dad to buy a new car so gave him a loaner. The new car ran out of gas about 5 miles from the dealership even though the gas gauge read 3/4 tank. My dad caught a ride home with a passing friend (lives in a fairly small town) and called the dealer to tell him where he could pick up his car.

I haven't owned an American brand car since my Camaro basically fell apart after 5 years. Although I do own a Subaru which is assembled in the U.S.


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