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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 AssBall on 6/7/2011 2:51:38 PM , Rating: 5
Maybe when you are held hostage by Somali pirates we'll just shrug and leave you there. How's that sound?


RE: Most expensive defense program, ever
By wiz220 on 6/7/2011 6:35:41 PM , Rating: 5
That's a pretty poor example. I don't think anyone has been rescued from Somali pirates with hardware that came from a hundreds of billions of dollars stealth fighter program. Conventional (and relatively cheap) military hardware does that job just fine.


By Reclaimer77 on 6/7/2011 7:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
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That's a pretty poor example. I don't think anyone has been rescued from Somali pirates with hardware that came from a hundreds of billions of dollars stealth fighter program. Conventional (and relatively cheap) military hardware does that job just fine.


Yeah like billion dollar carrier groups, Navy destroyers, amphibious assault crafts etc etc? Those "cheap" military hardwares?

What do you think, we send a few snipers out to the Indian Ocean on a 747 to take care of pirates? How do you think we conduct anti-piracy ops in the Indian Ocean without expensive naval and land based hardware?

Oh, that's right, we WOULDN'T be able to.


RE: Most expensive defense program, ever
By AssBall on 6/7/2011 11:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
Rescuing people held by pirates is basically free. Movies have showed us this. You just need a dude or better yet a hot chick in a hang glider with a knife and everyone ends up happy.

It doesn't really take hundreds of people working long hours for several days developing strategies, reliable hardware, hours of communication, state of the art electronics and equipment, negotiating and cutting international government tape, preparation, training, or feeding and housing people 2000 miles off shore doing their job keeping us safe.

That stuff is all a myth. Now take your hands off your ears and stop going LALLALALALALAA.


By Strunf on 6/8/2011 7:44:57 AM , Rating: 2
A dozen of well equipped mercenaries traveling with the ships would do a much better job and cost a lot less than any other means and of course be paid by the transport companies and not the tax payers!

Seriously this Somalian pirates thing is blown out of proportion, the ransom the pirates ask for is probably not that high if it was transport companies would invest in better security.


By Bad-Karma on 6/10/2011 2:09:32 AM , Rating: 2
Or..... You could point to the fact that he's able to write his post in English and not German.


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