Wednesday, May 27, 2009

F135 Engine blog:

Welcome to the F135 Engine blog. This space will feature regular updates from Pratt & Whitney’s Eagleblogger and guest writers on the F135 engine – the propulsion system for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

The F135 Blog will also feature unvarnished information about the proposed F-35 alternate engine from General Electric and Rolls-Royce. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the President have determined that they do not need, and have not funded, this second engine program in their budget submission. In the past three years Congress has added funding for a second F-35 engine program, essentially forcing the DoD and the services to spend resources developing an engine that they specifically said they do not want.

The next few months are important for a debate that can sometimes get bogged down in the weeds. On this blog, I will present the facts and dispute myths and misinformation while focusing on the big picture – that the F135 is proven, cost effective and the best solution for the U.S. industrial base.

My first blog posting will focus on one of the central issues of developing two engines for a single-engine aircraft – costs.

-- Eagleblogger

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