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

Summary

Stephen Singer writing in the 'Hartford Courant' makes the following 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

    Recent Runway Posts related to this topic:

    F-35 01: COLLECTION | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)

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    Source Information: Hartford Courant