July 10, 2012

Pratt & Whitney signs agreement with Australian supplier Broens Industries for additional F135 engine work

Pratt & Whitney has awarded Broens Industries a follow on purchase order to manufacture complex support equipment for the sustainment solution of the F135 propulsion system powering the F-35 Lightning II.

This new order valued at approximately $300,000 is for units which will be utilized at the first operational and training bases in the U.S. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp.

Pratt & Whitney previously awarded Broens Industries a purchase order to develop and prototype complex support equipment specifically for removing and installing the F135 engine gearbox. This new order initiates the production phase of the project, with a potential value estimated at more than $7 million.

The F135 gearbox is a complex and critical component located on the bottom of the engine. The gearbox jack designed by Broens is capable of lifting the component and maneuvering the gearbox module to and from its position under the F135 engine.

“Broens has designed and delivered an innovative solution for safely and easily removing and installing the F135 engine’s gearbox,” said Chris Flynn, vice president, Pratt & Whitney F135/F119 Engine Programs. “They have proven to Pratt & Whitney that they have the management, engineering and manufacturing expertise to support the F-35 program. We look forward to a long working relationship with Broens supporting the most powerful fighter engine in the world.”

“We are committed to compete on the international stage, and we’re delighted to work with Pratt & Whitney on this project as part of our strategy to become a consistent participant in the Global Supply Chains for Aerospace components, Tooling and Ground Support Equipment,” said Carlos Broens, managing director of Broens Industries.

Broens Industries Pty Ltd is an Australian privately owned global provider which specializes in design, manufacturing and engineering solutions for the Automotive, Aerospace, Marine, Mining, Defence and General Precision Engineering industries. Broens is located in New South Wales, Australia.

The F135 propulsion system powers the F-35 Lightning II and has proven it can meet diverse aircraft requirements. The extensive ground and flight test experience demonstrates the maturity and the associated reliability of the F135 engine for armed forces around the world.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

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