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Patria and Pratt and Whitney F135 Engines Agreement

F135 engine [© Pratt & Whitney]

Patria and RTX’s Pratt & Whitney sign agreement for production of F135 engines within Finland´s F-35 industrial participation programme.

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Press Release, Helsinki, 12 June 2024: Patria and Pratt & Whitney, an RTX business, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) that covers the contractual framework for Pratt & Whitney F135 engine production and sustainment projects in Finland by Patria.

The agreement covers the assembly of F135 engines and components between 2025-2030, followed by a transition to F135 engine Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) operations, beginning in 2030. The needed assembly and maintenance lines will be built in Linnavuori, Nokia, in Finland. The direct employment impact of this MOA for Patria during this timeframe is estimated to be approximately 50 persons.

“This unique agreement between Patria and Pratt & Whitney on establishing capabilities for the F135 engines is another important milestone for Finland´s F-35 programme and Patria,” says Petri Hepola, Chief Program Officer, F-35 at Patria. “The collaboration of Patria, Pratt & Whitney, Finnish Ministry of Defence and Defence Forces has been productive and we at Patria are eagerly looking forward to continuing this journey and developing new capabilities together.”

“The F135 industrial opportunities offered to Finland will support the Finnish industry’s growth in 5th generation engine knowledge. Additionally, the capabilities delivered by these projects will contribute to security of supply for the defence of Finland and its NATO allies, while also expanding the F135 engine’s sustainment network,” says Chris Johnson, Vice President of the F135 Program at Pratt & Whitney. “We look forward to seeing Patria-assembled F135 engines powering sovereign Finnish F-35 fighter jets in the near future. The ultimate focus is a transition to a national depot capability in support of Finnish Air Force operational requirements for decades to come.”

The F135 engine’s industrial participation solution in Finland creates strong competences via security of supply and is also significant for the national economy.

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