Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce partner to support UK F-35B at RAF Marham

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Rolls-Royce have partnered to provide comprehensive technical support at Royal Air Force Marham to support F135 engines and the liftsystems on the UK´s F-35B Lightning II aircraft, the companies said.

The two engine companies said they will institute a performance-based logistics (PBL) approach to sustainment for the propulsion systems. A PBL contracting structure incentivizes contractors to focus on outcomes such as propulsion system availability, leading to greater efficiencies, mutual cost reductions and operator benefits.

The companies formalized the new working relationship by signing a memorandum of understanding that defines how the companies will collaborate and grow their sustainment capabilities. Pratt & Whitney, lead propulsion integrator for the F-35 program, will focus on system-level performance of its F135 engines. Rolls-Royce will lead on support for the liftsystem technology the company developed and produced, while undertaking delegated support work on the main F135 engine. The two companies will also look to duplicate this support model for other F-35B customers.

Pratt & Whitney is a designer, manufacturer and servicer of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.