LOS ANGELES Pratt & Whitney Corp. (P&W) has chosen IHI Corp. to produce engine components for the Japanese fleet of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.
Tokyo-based IHI has signed a contract with P&W to qualify components for the F135 engines being built by the East Hartford, Conn.-based division of United Technologies Corp. for the Japan Ministry of Defense.
The ministry selected the F-35A, which is the conventional takeoff and landing version of the F-35 built by Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin Corp., in 2011 as its next-generation aircraft following competitive bidding.
Pratt & Whitney Military Engines president Bennett Croswell noted that the engine builder has been working with IHI for more than 30 years, starting with the P&W F100 engines for the Japanese Defense Forces F-15 fighter aircraft. IHI is the primary contractor and manufacturer for aircraft engines used by the Japanese defense ministry.