Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, said it has signed a depot activation contract with the Netherlands Ministry of Defense (MOD) to establish a maintenance, repair, overhaul, & upgrade (MRO&U) capability for the F135 engine which powers the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.
This initial contract will include planning and management activities required for MRO&U activation in 2019. Follow-on contracts with P&W and the F-35 Joint Program Office are expected in support of the establishment of F135 depot capabilities, including, but not limited to, assembly, disassembly, cleaning, inspection and testing at the Logistics Center Woensdrecht.
This past December, the US Department of Defense (DoD) assigned the Netherlands as one of the European countries where the maintenance of the F135 engines will be carried out.
As one of the original nine partner nations for the F-35, the Netherlands is a key contributor to the development, production, and sustainment of the F-35 program. The current program of record for the Netherlands is for the procurement of at least 37 F-35A aircraft. The Dutch Parliament approved an order for eight Lockheed Martin F-35As in March 2015, confirming the aircraft as the official replacement for the F-16s currently in use by the Royal Netherlands Air Force. This lot of eight F-35s is scheduled for delivery in 2019.
Logistics Center Woensdrecht is responsible for the maintenance, logistics and program management of (weapon) systems for the Dutch Armed Forces. Systems include F-16 fighters, PC-7 training aircraft, Chinook, Apache, Cougar and NH90 helicopters, parts of aircraft (engines and electronics), communications systems (radio, satellite connections and radar equipment) as well as air traffic control equipment.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.