Rolls Royce receives $315 million contract

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Rolls-Royce has received a $315 million contract from Pratt & Whitney to supply its LiftSystem technology for 17 F-35B Lightning II aircraft.

The Rolls-Royce technology allows F-35B aircraft to perform Short Take Off and Vertical Landings (STOVL).

“Rolls-Royce continues to focus on increasing efficiency as we provide this vital capability to the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme,” Neil Mehta, Rolls-Royce LiftSystem program director, said in a statement. “ We anticipate continuous cost improvements as production volumes ramp up to meet the needs of the F-35 programme.”

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, designs, manufactures and servicies aircraft engines, industrial gas turbines and space propulsion systems. Under the contract, Rolls-Royce will produce 17 LiftSystem, with additional orders expected by the end of the year. To date, Rolls-Royce has delivered 32 LiftSystems, plus spare parts.

Rolls-Royce North America Inc. in Reston is the regional corporate headquarters for Rolls-Royce.

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