Pentagon Contract Announcement
(Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued December 27, 2011)
United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $1,122,306,649 not-to-exceed undefinitized modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-10-C-0005).

A total of $358,597,078 is being obligated at time of award. The contract includes both fixed price incentive and cost plus incentive contract line items.

This undefinitized modification provides for the Lot V Low Rate Initial Production of 21 F135 Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) Propulsion Systems for the Air Force; 3 Short Take-off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) Propulsion Systems for the Marine Corps; and 6 Carrier Variant (CV) Propulsion Systems for the Navy.

In addition, this modification provides for production non-recurring effort, non-recurring autonomic logistics effort and recurring sustainment effort for the U.S. Services and Cooperative Partner Participants.

Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn. (67 percent); Bristol, United Kingdom (16.5 percent); and Indianapolis, Ind. (16.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This contract was not competitively procured. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($520,650,335; 46.3 percent); Marine Corps ($387,099,090; 34.5 percent); Navy ($166,710,445; 14.9 percent); and the Cooperative Partner Participants ($47,846,779; 4.3 percent).

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The way this announcement is worded makes it impossible to work out the cost of the actual engines, as distinct from the cost of their associated logistic, sustainment and other services.
Nonetheless, as these services are necessary to ensure the engines function properly, it is logical to include their cost in that of the engines.
Consequently, the cost breakdown by service means that engine unit costs are as follows for the 30 aircraft of this LRIP 5 lot:
-- F-35A (US Air Force): $24.8 million
-- F-35B (USMC): $129.03 million
-- F-35C (US Navy): $27.78 million.)


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