F135 agreement with Pratt & Whitney - engine powering F-35
The agreement forms the start for industrial maintenance depot for the F135 engine.
On April 23th, president of military engines at Pratt & Whitney, Bennet M. Croswell, visited the Norwegian state secretary to sign a business agreement with AIM Norway.
The agreement lays the foundation to create an industrial maintenance depot for the F-35 engine. AIM Norway estimates that the value for a future agreement can represent revenues of 150 million NOK yearly and more than 100 jobs. Representatives from the American embassy also took part during the signing.
Although AIM Norway became a separate company as late as December 2011, it has already signed a deal with Lockheed Martin and now Pratt & Whitney as a part of the industrial cooperation for the F-35 engines, F135.
- This deal contributes to positioning AIM Norway as one of the key industrial maintenance depots in Europe for F135 engines; and we want to demonstrate that we are competitive in relation to delivering all services in this context to secure further growth, says AIM Norway CEO, Ove Haukåssveen.
Pratt & Whitney has developed and manufactured the engine for the Norwegian F-16 planes and for all three versions of the F-35 fighters.