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Pratt & Whitney Awarded Unmanned Combat Air System Contract


FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW.– Northrop Grumman has awarded Pratt & Whitney a $54 million contract to develop and integrate the engine and exhaust system for the U.S. Navy’s X-47 Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) air vehicle. The Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220U engine will power the UCAS-D, providing up to 16,000 pounds of thrust while operating in a maritime environment, including carrier deck operations. Pratt and Whitney, is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

“Pratt & Whitney is excited to be working with Northrop Grumman and the X-47 team on this transformational Navy project,” said Jimmy Reed, director, Advanced Engine Programs. “The X-47 program is intended to demonstrate that an unmanned, survivable air vehicle can operate safely in the carrier environment.”

First flight of the X-47 is scheduled in 2009, with at-sea aircraft carrier trials scheduled in 2011.

Pratt & Whitney military engines include the F100 family that powers the F-15 and F-16, the F119 for the F-22 Raptor, the F135 for the F-35 Lightning II, the F117 for the C-17 Globemaster III, the J52 for the EA-6B Prowler, the TF33 powering AWACS/Joint STARS/B-52/KC-135 aircraft, and TF30 for the F-111. In addition, Pratt & Whitney offers a global network of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and military aftermarket services (MAS) focused on maintaining engine readiness for our customers.


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