December 29, 2005
Pentagon to kill F-35 back-up engine: consultant
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has decided to kill a
planned back-up engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in a
boost to United Technologies Corp. and a blow to rivals, a
noted defense consultant said on Thursday.
The decision could mean tens of billion of dollars in extra
sales over 25 years for Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies
unit, said the Lexington Institute's Loren Thompson, who has
close ties to the Pentagon and industry.
office and the U.S. Congress, would be a setback for General
Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce Plc, which have been developing a
separate but interchangeable engine.