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Northrop’s X-47B Drones Utilize Pratt & Whitney Engines; Jimmy Reed Comments

Northrop's X-47B Drones Utilize Pratt & Whitney Engines; Jimmy Reed Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

northrop-Grumman_BLUEThe Northrop Grumman X-47B drone that recently took off from the U.S. Navy‘s USS George H.W. Bush uses the F100-PW-220U engine and exhaust system from United Technologies company Pratt & Whitney.

The F100-PW-220U engine, with components and processes found in the F100-PW-229 and F119 and F135 series of engine technologies, is designed to give up to 16,000 pounds of thrust and allow low-risk spiral development, Pratt & Whitney said Thursday.

The catapult launch from the carrier deck on May 10 saw the X-47B combat air system cross the Chesapeake Bay before landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., after 65 minutes.

The company said the unmanned aircraft completed its first touch-and-go landing a few days later, and executed an arrested landing off the Virginia coast on July 10.Pratt & Whitney

“Achieving these milestones is exciting news for Pratt & Whitney and a major achievement for our company,“ said Jimmy Reed, Pratt & Whitney director of advanced programs.

“We have worked several years with Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Navy and our industry partners to achieve these.”

In 2008, Pratt & Whitney won the Northrop Grumman subcontract to develop and integrate the X-47B power systems under the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration program.

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