UTC Subsidiary Awards F135 Engine Component Manufacturing Contracts to 4 Italian Aerospace Suppliers

F-35A United Technologies Corp. subsidiary has awarded four Italy-based aerospace suppliers potential 10-year manufacturing contracts worth an estimated $17 million for the production of F135 engine components.

Pratt & Whitney has selected Aerea, APR, Mepit and NCM to manufacture the engine components that will be integrated with the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft, Pratt & Whitney said Thursday.

Cliff Stone, vice president of business development for Pratt & Whitney’s military engines business, said the company used a “best-value” model to select the suppliers.

“These awards directly support our goals for F135 industrial participation with small and medium enterprise suppliers,” he added.

Pratt & Whitney noted that it has signed an estimated $22 billion worth of contracts with nearly 800 product suppliers worldwide for commercial and military engine production.

It has so far delivered 266 F135 engines for the F-35, the company said.

Italy is one of the partner nations in the international F-35 program and plans to procure 60 F-35A and 30 F-35B aircraft to replace the country’s fleet of Panavia Tornado, AMX and the McDonell Douglas-built AV-8B Harrier II.

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