Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, has signed a depot activation contract with Aerospace Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Norway 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 depot activation in 2018. Follow-on contracts are expected in support of the establishment of F135 depot capabilities, including assembly, disassembly, cleaning, inspection and testing at the AIM Norway facility located in Gardermoen, Norway.
"We have a long standing relationship with Pratt & Whitney and we are honored they have chosen to partner with AIM Norway for depot activation support for the F135 engine," said Ove Haukåssveen, CEO, AIM Norway. "This agreement represents an important milestone for AIM Norway as we work to establish a capable and affordable sustainment solution which we intend to offer the Norwegian and the wider international F-35 fleet."
"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with AIM Norway for depot activation support for the F135 engine. It is a testament to the continuing long-term international cooperation between Pratt & Whitney and AIM Norway," said Bennett Croswell, president, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines. "As we prepare for an increase in F135 engine production, we are actively seeking partners like AIM Norway who demonstrate the high levels of technical capabilities that are required to support the F135. Pratt & Whitney is committed to establishing international F135 engine support. AIM Norway's participation in MRO&U of aircraft and aircraft systems will be a valuable part of this effort."
Norwegian Deputy Armaments Director John Laugerud welcomes the contract and looks forward to seeing the depot taking form in the years to come.
"Norwegian industry has already established itself within the F-35 program in areas that have a potential value of several billion dollars throughout the production run," said Laugerud. "We hope that through this early investment, Norwegian industry will also be given the opportunity to become a trusted best-value provider for regional sustainment of the F-35."
Norway joined the F-35 program as a partner in the System Development and Demonstration phase in 2002. In November 2008, the Norwegian government chose the F-35 as the replacement for the F-16 fleet. So far the Norwegian Parliament has authorized 16 of the 52 jets planned, with the first jets to be delivered in 2015.
Source: Pratt & Whitney
Date: Jul 17, 2014