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P&W awarded F-22 engine maintenance deal

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has contracted Pratt & Whitney to provide the fleet of F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft with engine maintenance services.

Connecticut-based Pratt & Whitney was awarded a contract option from the Air Force to support the sustainment of the Raptor's F119 turbofan engines. Pratt & Whitney originally designed and built the F119 engines.

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Under the $285 million contract option, Pratt & Whitney will provide spare parts, labor support and fleet management, among other sustainment work for the F119 engines.

"We are very proud of our continued relationship with the United States Air Force," Tyler Evans, Pratt & Whitney F119 program director, said in a statement.

"We believe this contract extension illustrates their continued confidence in Pratt & Whitney's ability to meet their expectations in the areas of engine availability, reliability and maintainability while keeping their fleet at a high level of readiness."

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