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March 4, 2022

Pratt to build advanced engine with U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

pratt & whitney east hartford manufacturing Photo | Pratt & Whitney A Pratt & Whitney engine.

Pratt & Whitney will be collaborating with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop an advanced engine, officials from the company announced.

Pratt, the East Hartford-based aerospace manufacturer, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for a ground test demonstration program for a “novel architecture using a rotating engine detonation concept,” according to the company. The new engine is designed to fly at higher Mach speeds than others, allowing for more vehicle designs and applications in the future, Pratt said.

AFRL Aerospace Directorate Michael Greg said the new architecture is “military relevant” and Pratt has already made progress on developing the technology prior to the collaboration.

The demonstration will be jointly executed by Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Raytheon Technologies Research Center, company officials said.

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