Lockheed opts for Pratt & Whitney

A derivative version of Pratt & Whitney’s PW150A turboprop engine has been selected by Lockheed Martin to power its proposed four-engine Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft for the US Navy.

A derivative version of Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W) PW150A turboprop engine has been selected by Lockheed Martin to power its proposed four-engine Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) for the US Navy.

According to P&W, the PW150/MMA engine will be a key component of Lockheed Martin’s solution for replacing the US Navy’s fleet of P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. The US Navy is expected to make a single contract award for the MMA program’s System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase in mid-2004.

In addition to supplying the PW150/MMA engine, P&W will assist Lockheed Martin in optimising the powerplant installation on its proposed aircraft.

Two three-month joint study phases have already been conducted successfully at Lockheed Martin to establish a PW150 configuration that best suits the aircraft.