Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded United Technologies Corp.’s [UTX] Pratt & Whitney a $202 million modification for long-lead material and components for F-35 engines.

This is a modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract. It specifically covers parts for Lot 14 F135 propulsion systems for the F-35 in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Defense Department participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

An F135 engine on an assembly line. (Photo: Pratt & Whitney)

Work will be split between East Hartford, Conn. (67 percent), Indianapolis, Ind. (26.5 percent), and Bristol, United Kingdom (6.5 percent). It is expected to be finished by April 2022.

The award combines purchases for the Air Force at $68 million or 34 percent; Marine Corps at $35 million or 17 percent; Navy at $24 million or 12 percent; non-DoD participants at $67 million or 33 percent; and FMS customers at $8.6 million or 4 percent.

The full contract amount is obligated at award time and none of it will expire at the end of this fiscal year.

This modification is under a 13-month old advanced acquisition contract for F135 propulsion systems for these users. The original contract covered $240 million for long-lead materials and parts for 137 low-rate initial production Lot 12 F135 systems. The award subsequently won modifications covering FY 2018 initial spare modules, parts, and other equipment for Lot 12 F135 engines; long-lead materials for Lot 13 engines; and additional funding for F135 long lead parts for non-DoD participants.