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Pratt & Whitney's Completes F-35 Propulsion Sustainment Study in Australia

Erin Dick
P&W Military Engines

Matthew Perra
Pratt & Whitney

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 25, 2009 – Pratt & Whitney has completed the F-35 Lightning II Propulsion Sustainment Study for the Australian New Air Combat Capability (NACC) team providing detailed recommendations and requirements for the support of the F135 engine powering F-35 Lightning II. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company with multiple operations in Australia.

“This study takes into account Australia’s unique operational requirements including the need for self-reliance in operations and maintenance,” said Warren Boley, vice president, Pratt & Whitney’s F135 program. “This study aligns with both the overall F-35 Autonomic Logistics Global Support Strategic Plan and Lockheed Martin’s Australia F-35 sustainment framework.”

It is envisioned that F135 engine sustainment would be managed by Pratt & Whitney through a direct sustainment contract with the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO). This sustainment program will follow a performance-based acquisition strategy where the JPO will contract for performance results. Pratt & Whitney will have overall responsibility to integrate the propulsion sustainment efforts, as well as provide fleet and program management, sustaining engineering, supply chain management, depot level maintenance, technical support and training services.

“Pratt & Whitney brings a unique set of qualifications to this study,” Boley said. “The sustainment concept for Australia draws heavily on Pratt & Whitney's experience as the only sustainment provider for fifth generation fighter engines with the F119 powering the F-22 Raptor.”

Pratt & Whitney sustains the F119 engine under a performance based contract similar to that envisioned for the F135. Pratt & Whitney’s F119 engine and sustainment efforts have been the recognized through several awards including the U.S. Department of Defense 2008 Performance Based Logistics (PBL) System Level Award and the National Aeronautic Association 2006 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

In addition to the F119 PBL contract, Pratt & Whitney has more than ten years experience successfully implementing incentive based sustainment contracts with U.S. and international customers on military products.

Pratt & Whitney has designed, developed and tested the F135 to deliver the most advanced fifth generation fighter engine for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as eight international partner countries. The F135 is derived from proven technology of the only operational fifth generation fighter engine, the F119. It has been further enhanced with technologies developed in several Air Force and Navy technology programs.

The F135 is the only engine powering the F-35 Lightning II flight test program. The F135 propulsion system is the power of choice for the F-35 and has proven it can meet diverse aircraft requirements. The ground and flight test experience demonstrates the maturity and the associated reliability of the F135 engine for armed forces around the world. Learn more at www.f135engine.com

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in the Lightning II funding related to the F-35 aircraft and F135 engines, changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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