Rolls-Royce wins $442m F-35B Liftsystem production and support contracts


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Rolls-Royce has received three contracts worth $442m from US aerospace firm Pratt & Whitney to produce and support LiftSystems technology for F-35B Lightning II aircraft.

To be built as part of a series of deals agreed between the companies, the contracts cover low-rate initial production (LRIP) of 17 LiftSystems for F-35B fighters, together with support for two contract periods, LRIP seven and eight..

Rolls-Royce defence programmes president John Gallo said: "Rolls-Royce remains committed to reducing LiftSystem costs to meet affordability requirements for the F-35 Lightning II programme."

As part of LRIP 7, Rolls-Royce will deliver the 50th LiftFan, which complies with the US Marine Corps' initial operational capability (IOC) requirements for integration onboard the F-35B.

"Rolls-Royce remains committed to reducing LiftSystem costs to meet affordability requirements for the F-35 Lightning II programme."

Featuring an extremely stable and dependable in-flight capability, the LiftSystem comprises a LiftFan, 3-Bearing Swivel Module and a roll post under each wing, as well as a shaft connected to the F135 engine.

The estimated $1.01trn F-35 joint strike fighter programme, which is reportedly the most expensive defence project, includes expenses over its 55-year lifetime, together with development and support.

As part of efforts to expand support for the F-35 programme, Rolls-Royce's field service representatives have partnered with aircraft maintainers at military bases across the US.

In addition, a new interim depot facility is being built in Indianapolis, US, to deliver repair services.


Image: The contracts cover low-rate initial production of 17 LiftSystems for F-35B fighters. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce plc.