Rolls-Royce has secured a $195.5-million contract to produce its Liftsystem, a unique technology that enables Lockheed Martin
's fifth generation F-35 Lightning II fighter jet to perform short takeoffs and vertical landings (STOVL).
(Rolls-Royce Liftsystem. Photo, courtesy of Rolls-Royce.)
The manufacturer said the new contract is part of a final agreement with Pratt & Whitney--engine-maker for the F-35--and includes post production engineering and field support for the fifth production lot of the F-35.
The Liftsystem is configured with a 3-bearing swivel module capable of redirecting the aircraft's rear thrust from the horizontal to the vertical position, tilting downward 95 degrees in less than 3 seconds. It also includes a blisked fan installed behind the cockpit providing 20,000 pounds of downward thrust for landings.
Dave Gordon, program director for Rolls-Royce said his company is currently focused on "increasing the affordability of Liftsystems", after recently delivering the 50th 3-bearing swiviel (3BSM) and 40th LiftFan for the F-35.
Initial operational capability for the F-35 is expected by 2015.