Cobham Composites wins Pratt & Whitney engine contract

The $45 milliion long-term agreement involves manufacture of medium- and high-temperature composites for Pratt & Whitney's F135 and F119 engines, which power the F-35 and F-22 respectively.

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Cobham PLC (San Diego, Calif., USA) announced on March 8 that it has received a five-year, $45 million long-term agreement from Pratt & Whitney to manufacture advanced composite products for multiple military aircraft engine applications.

Cobham will produce advanced, medium- and high-temperature composite structures for the F135 and F119 engines at the company's production facilities in San Diego Suffolk, Va, USA.

Jeremy Wensinger, president of Cobham Defence Systems division, commented, "This long-term agreement represents an important step in realizing our growth plans, and will be establishing dual manufacturing lines in both San Diego and Suffolk to preclude any natural or man-made disasters from taking down the production line."

Pratt & Whitney's F135 propulsion system is the engine for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, a single-engine tactical fighter. The F135 is the derivative of the proven F119 engine, the turbofan engine powering the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor.