Pratt defends F135 cost-reduction strategy against Pentagon criticism

United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney (P&W) military engines unit, the manufacturer of the only engine powering the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, plans to invest millions of dollars into further reducing the cost of the F135 in the wake of sharp criticism from the Pentagon’s F-35 programme manager…

http://www.janes.com/article/38190/pratt-defends-f135-cost-reduction-strategy-against-pentagon-criticism

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F-35 Chief Puts Heat On Pratt’s F-35 Engine Cost

Much of the $4.5 billion in F-35 procurement cost increases in the past year — part of a $7.8 billion total program increase — to the U.S. portion of the program are due to overly rosy projections on the anticipated decline in the “cost curve,” or price to build the stealthy fighter, says U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 program executive officer…

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