The US Department of Defense said that the US engine manufacturer has won more than $ 300 million to build a new generation jet engine system for the US F-35 stealth aircraft program.
“Contractors Pratt and Whitney Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut have been awarded contracts worth over $ 300 million for the manufacture and supply of dozens of F135-PW-100 propulsion systems to the US”, US Department of Defense said.
The contract will have to be completed before the end of December 2022. Representatives Pratt and Whitney Engines declared, the equipment equipped with a new engine to enhance maneuverability and stealth capabilities of the F-35. The project is called GO2 – a continuation project of the GO1 project aimed at improving the combat capabilities of the American armed forces and some allies.
If the GO1 project aimed to reduce the fuel consumption of the engine by 5% and increase the traction of the main engine by 10%, then the GO2’s ability would be further enhanced and would be closer to the fighter 6th generation, American contractor confirmed. As planned, the GO2 project will be started in the first quarter of 2021.
The representative of this civil and military aircraft engine manufacturing company affirmed that, with the current technology of Pratt and Whitney Engines, the newly created engine would meet the requirements of the fighter. 6th generation.
According to Defense News, the F-35 maker Lockheed Martin will not change the basic structure of the aircraft. But if the GO1 / GO2 projects are successful, Americans will continue to upgrade the “golden plane” to a 6th generation fighter.
This is really a positive signal for the F-35 project when this project of the US has been repeatedly criticized. US military representative, Patrick Shanahan has repeatedly criticized that, although the F-35 has encountered a series of problems, in fact since 2014, this fighter has not been renewed.