United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $21,000,000 for modification P00009 to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004).
This modification provides for the procurement of one low-rate initial production Lot 10 F-135-PW-600 engine in support of the Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Short Take-off and Vertical Landing aircraft to facilitate engine testing under the Component Improvement Program.
Work will be performed in East Hartford, Connecticut (76 percent); and Indianapolis, Indiana (24 percent), and is expected to be complete in February 2018.
Fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $14,884,614 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: It is rare that a unit price can be clearly defined for an F-35 fighter or its engines – which are procured under a separate program – but the contract is unassailable proof that the F135-PW-600 engine for the F-35B STOVL variant currently costs $21 million. How this can be reconciled with the promised unit price of $85 million in 2018 is yet to be determined.)