East Hartford-based Pratt & Whitney has signed a $1 billon contract to build F-35 engines for the Pentagon’s Joint Strike fighter program.
Heat was the cause of a cracked blade in an engine on an F-35 fighter jet that prompted the entire fleet to be briefly grounded last month, manufacturer Pratt & Whitney said Wednesday.
Three members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation say Pratt & Whitney has secured a $194 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide engine components, parts and materials for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The Defense Department has ordered a stop to work on an alternate engine for the military Joint Strike fighter. Pratt & Whitney Aircraft is the engine’s primary supplier.
A spokesman for GE Aviation says a House vote Wednesday favoring the Pratt and Whitney engine for the Pentagon’s F-35 fighter is a setback for GE, but he says the project will continue — as will efforts to win approval for their alternate engine.
A big victory in Washington for lawmakers from Connecticut, as the house voted to kill an alternative to the Pratt & Whitney engine for the F-35 fighter jet.