Rolls-Royce signs $171 million F-35 STOVL LiftSystem contract

  • 20-Nov-2009 04:50 EST

The Rolls-Royce LiftSystem comprises a lift fan, roll posts, and three-bearing swivel module. (Lockheed Martin)

Rolls-Royce signed a $171 million contract with Pratt & Whitney to supply the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem for an additional nine short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant F-35B Lightning II aircraft as part of the third lot of low rate initial production. Rolls-Royce will provide these through propulsion system prime contractor Pratt & Whitney, with module deliveries having already commenced in July under the long lead provision within the contract. The scope of the contract also includes spare hardware, production investment, and sustainment planning. Rolls-Royce engineers in Bristol, U.K., and Indianapolis, IN, are involved in design and assembly of the LiftSystem, with component manufacture also taking place at the Hucknall and Bristol sites in the U.K.

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