BLUF

The F135 engine currently powers the F35 Lightning stealth fighter, but General Electric's XA100 adaptive cycle engine is a possible alternative.

Summary

KEY POINTS:
  • 9% of F-35s are unavailable due to "engine issues" (including spare parts) when the target is 6%.
  • There has been a 50% drop in engine costs since production began.
  • Pratt & Whitney employs 11,000 workers in Connecticut, USA, so state politicians are keen to keep jobs in Connecticut.

    References

    Source Information: Hartford Courant