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June 5, 2024

DoD: Pratt secures $691M in military contracts to end May

COURTESY / LOCKHEED MARTIN Pratt & Whitney will be the sole provider of the F135 military jet engine.

East Hartford-based Pratt & Whitney secured more than $691.6 million across three government contracts during the last week of May, according to new reports from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Raytheon Technologies Corp. and subsidiary Pratt & Whitney’s largest contract last week — $380.6 million from the Navy — is for work related to an annual sustainment program for the F135 engine, which is used in fighter aircraft. According to the DoD, the contract includes everything from program management and administrative work to spare parts procurement and maintenance and repair of existing engines.

It also includes training for F-35 Lightning II aircraft, which uses the engine, for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-DoD participants, and foreign military sales customers. Forty percent of the work for the contract, which runs through August, will be performed in East Hartford and 6% in Windsor Locks, according to information from the DoD.

That wasn’t the only contract Pratt secured last week related to F135 engines. The East Hartford aerospace manufacturer was also awarded a $301.7 million contract for Lot 19 materials and parts and the creation and delivery of 108 conventional takeoff and landing F135 engines, 27 short takeoff and vertical landing F135 engines and 13 Carrier Variant F135 engines.

The contract also tasks Pratt with providing spare parts and hardware to the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, non-DoD participants and foreign military sales customers. Seventeen percent of that work will be performed in East Hartford, 8% in Middletown, 3% in Cromwell, 1% in Manchester and 1% in Cheshire. The contract is expected to be completed in June 2027.

The final Pratt contract,for $9.2 million from the Defense Logistics Agency, is for F100 engine case diffusers.

In addition to the several Pratt & Whitney contracts, Windsor Locks-based Hamilton Sundstrand Corp. secured a $14.9 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency last month for alternating current generators for B-52 jet bombers. Work for that deal will all be done in Illinois and is expected to be complete in August 2031.

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