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GE and Rolls follow Schwartz’s advice on F136

To say General Electric and Rolls-Royce are not happy about yesterday’s stop-work order on F136 is like saying Libyan air force pilots are a little concerned these days about staying current on their flying proficiency.Even as they are self-funding the F136 to keep the program alive, GE and Rolls are fighting the 90-day stop-work order […]

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VIDEO: Schwartz suggests GE, Rolls pay more on F136

Appearing at the National Press Club today, Gen Norton Schwartz had a message for the General Electric/Rolls-Royce team building the controversial F136 alternate engine for the F-35 fighter: “I don’t deny that competition mightwell result in some savings over the long-run. The question is whether we canafford it in the short-term. And I have to […]

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GE/Rolls statement on new F136 anomaly

Bad news today for the General Electric/Rolls-Royce team producing the F136 alternate engine for the F-35 in defiance of the Department of Defense’s desire to kill the program.GE/Rolls issued this statement about one hour ago to reporters: Approximately three hours into a mechanical check-out on September 23 at the GE Aviation facility in Evendale, Ohio, […]

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Fact-check on F-35 alternate engine debate

Jeremiah Gertler at the Congressional Research Service has published a very useful document on the F-35 alternate engine dispute. You can download it here: CRS report – alternate engine – Sept 2010.pdfThe report includes a list of frequently asked questions, which I excerpt below. My only quibble is the part that says the F-16 is […]

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How real is F136 fixed-price offer?

I’m paid to be a professional skeptic. When General Electric/Rolls-Royce announced a fixed-price deal for the F136 [pictured above], my radar starts looking for the loopholes. As I wrote in my news article yesterday, the GE/Rolls Fighter Engine Team, to their credit, acknowledged their offer came with two strings attached. If the Department of Defense […]

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House approps: Today’s winners and losers

Here’s a quick summary of the aerospace winners and losers from today’s mark-up of the defense budget by the House appropriations subcommittee on defense. The press release above can also be downloaded at this site. The House appropriators mark-up follows previous votes by the authorizing committees of the House and Senate. The Senate appropriators have […]

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Pratt & Whitney throws F135 a learning curve

When F-35 program executive Brig Gen David Heinz last month said that he does not believe that “Prattfeels compelled to act as though they are in competition”, I did not know what to make of that statement. So I asked two of Pratt & Whitney business development executives yesterday how they interpreted it. The answer […]

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Obama plays veto card against more F-22s, F136s

The Obama Administration warned today in a memo to Congraess that the president could veto the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. The House Armed Services Committee has voted to extend F-22 production and keep the F136 engine in competition with the F135. But both of those issues could become deal-breakers for President […]

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Is P&W’s F135 crystal ball half-full — or half-empty?

Pratt & Whitney is building capacity to produce a maximum of 120 F135 engines in 2016 to support the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme, Pratt & Whitney military executive Tom Farmer told my colleague John Croft last week. I think that’s an interesting data point as Congress debates the future of the F136, the General Electric […]

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HEINZ TRANSCRIPT (part 2): The risks of a single engine

This is part 2 of the transcript from the press conference yesterday with F-35 program chief Brig Gen David Heinz. This is what he has to say about the potential operational risk of eliminating the F136 alternate engine for the F-35 program. HEINZ: In the future,should there be an engine incident on the F135, our […]

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