Italy's FiatAvio has joined the General Electric/Rolls-Royce team developing the F136 alternative engine for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. FiatAvio, a long-time partner of GE Aircraft Engines, will supply structural components for the low-pressure turbine and participate in development of the accessory gearbox. Italy is expected to join the JSF development programme later this year. Philips ETG of the Netherlands is also part of the team, leading a consortium of Danish, Dutch and Norwegian companies participating in design of the F136.

Source: Flight International