Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Israel’s F-35 engine selection in dispute between rival manufacturers

An announced engine selection for Israel's first batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters has sparked a new dispute between both rival manufacturers.Pratt & Whitney says the company has received a verbal commitment by Israel to buy the F135 engine to power the first batch of 20 F-35s ordered under a $2.75 billion agreement signed last week.The General Electric/Rolls-Royce team developing the F136 alternate engine claims the selection process remains ongoing. "We fully anticipate we will have an opportunity to compete with the F136" in Israel, GE says.The controversy leaves in doubt the first potential engine selection by a non-US F-35 customer for production-phase aircraft.

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