Pratt & Whitney Gets $571M Military Deal

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., said Wednesday it has received a $571 million Defense Department contract to produce and maintain F135 engines.

The contract for the engines that will be used on the F-35 Lightning II covers production, maintenance, spare parts and engineering support. It includes 10 take-off and landing and 11 short-takeoff and vertical-landing engines.

Pratt & Whitney, based in East Hartford, Conn., also said it has received a $113 million contract to purchase materials used for the manufacture of 32 F135 engines.

The announcement was made a day after the U.S. Senate voted to terminate further production of the Air Force's topline F-22 fighter jets. Engines for those jets were to be made by Pratt & Whitney.

Shares of United Technologies added 9 cents to $54.06 in afternoon trading.

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