|Pratt & Whitney F135 engine. Photo: JSF
[Avionics Today 01-08-2016] Pratt & Whitney has awarded a contract to KMWE/DutchAero to manufacture F135 engine components. The F135 engine is the propulsion system for the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Located in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, precision component manufacturer KMWE, together with its subsidiary DutchAero, has received a 10-year long-term procurement agreement for machined engine components. The agreement signals a strengthened relationship between Pratt & Whitney and KMWE/DutchAero and positions KMWE/DutchAero well for follow-on F135 opportunities.
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.