Aerospace engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has recently unveiled that they have given brand new ten year contracts to four Italian suppliers (Aerea S.p.A., APR S.r.l., Mepit S.r.l., and NCM S.p.A.) worth upwards of $17 million.  The new contracts will allow each of the four companies to manufacture key components for Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engines.   This announcement is just the latest example of Pratt & Whitney expanding their global manufacturing network on behalf of their F135 engine program.

According to Cliff Stone, vice president of business development at Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, the company chose the four Italian suppliers based on many criteria including reliability, quality, and cost.

Pratt & Whitney works hard to identify and team with capable suppliers who can deliver high-quality products at competitive prices. These awards directly support our goals for F135 industrial participation with small and medium enterprise suppliers… We have had great success working with Italian industry. We recognize the advanced capabilities and value that exists with these particular suppliers and look forward to having them as part of Pratt & Whitney's global supply chain for the F135 engine.

The Lockheed Martin produced F-35 Lighting II is a next generation all-weather single engine stealth jet currently in its final development phases.  Although the plane is being almost entirely funded by the United States, a number of other countries regularly contribute to its production including Canada, Denmark, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Italy.  Despite all of this support, the F-35 program has experienced a slew of delays and increased costs.  The program cost is currently at over $1.5 trillion, thus making it the most expensive weapons system in all of history.  Initial deliveries finally began in late 2015, with all planes scheduled to be delivered by 2037.

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In an immense show of intercontinental collaboration, three different Japanese aerospace manufacturers have proposed a new partnership with Boeing to produce a new fleet of next-gen small passenger planes.  This new breed of aircraft would seat roughly 200 passengers and eventually replace Boeing’s 737 Max series.  If Boeing agrees to this deal, aircraft development would likely begin in the early 2020s, as the 737 Max itself has yet to be released.

The proposal being spearheaded by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Fuji Heavy Industries, and Mitsubishi Industries would see each company providing resources and financial support for specific sections of the planes.    To further sweeten the deal, the trio of Japanese companies intends to split the risk and revenue from the project proportionally dependent upon investment amounts. Since this project is estimated to cost nearly $900 million, splitting costs would be ideal for all companies involved. If the project does end up failing, each company would lose significantly less money than if either of the companies were to attempt to design and manufacture the plane on their own.

As competition continues to heat up with Airbus, Boeing must find new ways to stay ahead of the curve.  That being said, Japanese companies may be the key to success for Boeing moving forward.  Many see the technological prowess demonstrated by Japanese companies – especially the trio involved in this proposal - as essential for Boeing. Each of these three companies have already produced sections for other Boeing planes, and they are proven business partners. The 787 is a prime example of all three companies working together on a Boeing contract, with Mitsubishi providing the wings, Fuji providing additional central wing components, and Kawasaki providing front fuselage elements.  If this deal is a success, we will likely see even more collaboration between Boeing and Japanese companies in the years to follow.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada, a business unit of United Technologies, has introduced the PT6A-140A engine for the general aviation market. Touted as the most powerful and fuel efficient engine on the general aviation market, the PT6A-140A is ideal for operators flying utility aircraft in high-heat and high-altitude conditions. The PT6A-140A turboprop engine was developed to meet the demands of current flyers of PT6A-backed aircraft but who wish for advanced performance specifications.

P&WC general aviation vice president Denis Parisien said,

"There are more than 70 PT6A engine models used for over 125 different aircraft applications around the globe, a testament to the PT6A's unmatched versatility, performance and reliability.”

Delivering 15% more power while consuming 5% less fuel, the PT6A-140A requires no warming up or cooling down-maximizing efficiency and productivity. The engine provides 867 mechanical shaft horsepower and 1,075 thermal mechanical shaft horsepower.

Modularly designed and externally fitted, the PT6A-140A is easily accessible for maintenance tasks. The rear-facing, reverse flow inlet and forward-facing turbine section are easily maintained. Routine engine inspections can be completed in the field or in the hangar, while still on-wing. The engine has one of the longest time-between-overhaul (TBO) intervals on the market. With a TBO interval extendable to 8,000 hours or 12 years depending on the mission, the PT6A-140A’s TBO is not tied to engine cycles.

“No one understands the needs of general aviation better than we do,” said Parisien. “We built the industry with the PT6A turboprop engine more than five decades ago and we've never stopped innovating since. These engines are a demonstration of the advancements we've made and our focus on delivering the best engines for customers and operators."

Available in 69 models, the PT6A family of engines ranges in power from 500 shp to 2,000 shp. With more than 6,500 operators in over 170 nations, the PT6A engine has over 335 million flight hours. Since entering service in the 1960s, more than 41,000 PT6A engines have been delivered.

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The third hot fire test of an RS-25 engine of the Space Launch System has been completed at the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, US. The engine was fired for 500 seconds. SLS is the newest rocket from NASA. It is being designed to send astronauts on future missions beyond Earth’s orbit. The Rocket will be equipped with four RS-25 engine and travel at speeds of 17,500 mph.

The RS-25 engines are the world’s most reliable rocket booster engine. The liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engines have powered humans and payload on all 135 Space Shuttle Flights. For over three decades, they have enabled the advancement and construction of the International Space Station, deployment and servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope, and furthering our scientific understanding of the Universe. Even though the RS-25 has been used for decades, the SLS will have different performance requirements which require the engine to be retested. On the SLS, the engines will be used in a cluster of four. Each engine has increased its thrust from 491,000 pounds vacuum thrust to 512,000 pounds vacuum thrust.

This series of testing on the RS-25 started January 9th and the second test was executed on May 28th. Four more tests are planned as part of the current development engine. The tests are designed to test the performance of the engines with colder liquid oxygen temperatures, greater inlet pressure and higher vehicle acceleration, more nozzle heating, and its position with the SLS booster exhaust nozzles. New ablative insulation and heaters are also be evaluated during testing.

The prime contractor for the RS-25 engines’ is Sacramento, California-based Aerojet Rocketdyne. Designated Exploration Mission 1, the first test flight of the SLS will have a 77t lift capacity. The first test flight will carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit. Lift capability will be enhanced to 143t to facilitate missions even farther into our solar system. NASA hopes to use this configuration to reach Mars.

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One month after the announcement that Aerojet Rocketdyne switched management, the Competitive Improvement Program was put into action by the company. This plan involves a forty percent reduction in facilities and a ten percent reduction in workforce. The most targeted facility will be the company’s headquarters near Sacramento, California, which involves an overall reduction from 230,000 square meters to about 140,000 square meters. Furthermore, the workforce will be cut down by more than 500 employees, 250 of which are stationed in the Sacramento office. GenCorp anticipates that this plan will cost $110 million during the next four years, according to data from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. However, they hope that this astounding loss will translate to savings of $145 million each year. If successful, gains should be seen at the start of 2019. The previous president, Warren M. Boley, Jr., was replaced by Scott Seymour in June 2013. While president of Aerojet Rocketdyne, Seymour will be retaining his position as chief executive of GenCorp. Also during this time, Aerojet merged with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, forming Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Both companies maintained a close relationship for more than twenty-seven years. March 9th marked the transformation of GenCorp into Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. A day later, Glenn Mahone announced that the Sacramento projects regarding the manufacturing of three missiles will be transferred to Arkansas and Virginia in efforts to reduce program costs. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a current manufacturer of many engines, such as the RS-25 and RL-10. The former was a reusable engine for the Space Shuttle. The Pratt & Whitney RL-10 is currently used on the Delta IV and Atlas V. As a top supplier of engines and parts for both commercial and military uses, Aerojet Rocketdyne is hoping to grow with new leadership and a strong business plan. Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Aerojet Rocketdyne products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Aerojet Rocketdyne parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.
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Rolls-Royce, which is a British multinational public holding company, is a major manufacturer of luxury cars, as many are familiar with, as well as aircraft engine manufacturing. The company specialized in the production of vehicles until the car business was split into Rolls-Royce Motors in 1973, with Rolls-Royce Holdings plc now focusing on aircraft engines. The company designs, manufactures, and distributes power systems and is also heavily involved in marine propulsion and energy products. Rolls-Royce is actually the 16th largest defense contractor in the world, with 15.05 billion euros in annual reported revenue. They are also the 24th largest of any company that has a listing on the London Stock Exchange. Rolls-Royce currently powers more than 30 types of commercial aircraft, with a total of over 13,000 engines currently in use around the world. They are a major civil aerospace engine manufacturer for the commercial airline as well as the corporate jet market. Boeing, in 2004, announced that it had selected Rolls-Royce along with General Electric to supply engines for its new 787.

Currently, the company focuses on development of the Trent XWB for the Airbus A350 and the Trent 1000 for the Boeing 787. However, faced new competition, Rolls-Royce has unveiled a road map for a new generation of turbofans that will go into service in 2020. This design will be centered around a two-phase evolution of the traditional three-shaft architecture currently in use for engines in the widebody market today. The first of these new innovative engines, named the Advance, is scheduled to be demonstrated next year in 2015. These new engines, a multi-phase design, will feature an improvement in propulsive efficiency through increases in fan diameter and bypass ratio, shrinking cores, and thermal efficiency improvements. Such projects are set to solidify Rolls-Royce’s market share of the aerospace engine market for the next decade.

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