Pratt & Whitney awarded F135 Engine Core Upgrade contract

Pratt & Whitney, an RTX business, has been awarded a $66 Million definitized contract modification for continued F135 Engine Core Upgrade preliminary design efforts, resulting in a total of $180 million secured by the Connecticut congressional delegation for this engine modernization effort.

The funding will further support design engineering, program management support, technology maturation, risk reduction, long lead material and hardware purchase, and weapons system integration.

In March 2023, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy chose to upgrade the F135 versus replace it with an entirely new engine. The decision was announced as part of President Biden’s 2024 budget proposal.

Notably, the F135 ECU is the fastest, most cost-effective, and lowest-risk path to Block 4 capability for all global F-35 operators.

It is optimized for all three F-35 variants and will yield $40 billion in lifecycle cost savings by avoiding disruptive and costly air vehicle changes and leveraging the current global sustainment infrastructure.

About Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney is an American aerospace manufacturer with global service operations. Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. 

A subsidiary of RTX, Pratt & Whitney’s aircraft engines are widely used in both civil aviation and military aviation.

Its headquarters are in East Hartford, Connecticut. 

Further, in addition to aircraft engines, Pratt & Whitney manufactures gas turbines for industrial and power generation, and marine turbines. 

About RTX 
RTX is the world’s largest aerospace and defense company having more more than 180,000 global employees.

Through industry-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon – it is advancing in aviation, engineering integrated defense systems for operational success, and developing next-generation technology solutions and manufacturing to help global customers address their most critical challenges.

The company, with 2022 sales of $67 billion, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.