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P&W contracts for F-35 engine components

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P&W contracts for F-35 engine components
An F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft banks over the flightline at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida on, April 23, 2009. The aircraft is the first F-35 to visit the base which will be the future home of the JSF training facility. (UPI Photo/Julianne Showalter/US Air Force) | License Photo

KONGSBERG, Norway, May 12 (UPI) -- Norway's Volvo Aero Norge has signed a three-year deal with Pratt & Whitney to manufacture a critical component of engines for F-35 aircraft.

The agreement is for diffuser cases for the F135 engine, the engine for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The diffuser case diffuses and regulates the airflow in the engine, allowing the combustor to work most efficiently.

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The contract is worth about $3 million.

"We are pleased to sign this contract with Pratt & Whitney for additional work on the F135 engine, and look forward to continuing our support of the F-35 Lightning II program," said Odd Tore Kurverud, president of Volvo Aero Norge.

VAN is also the exclusive manufacturer of the F135 low-pressure turbine shaft and other parts.

This contact contributes to a continuous strong relationship with Pratt & Whitney, including the strong potential of increased involvement in the F35 Lightning II program, the company said.

In addition to supporting Pratt & Whitney military engine programs, VAN is also a key supplier for the company's commercial engine programs.

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