Rolls-Royce awarded $196m F-35 Lightning contract

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a $195.5m contract to produce and support LiftSystems for the F-35 Lightning II program.

The Rolls-Royce LiftSystem enables F-35B aircraft to perform short takeoffs and vertical landings (STOVL) and is currently in service with the US Marine Corps in Yuma, Arizona.

The final agreement with Pratt & Whitney for the fifth production package includes three complete LiftSystems, spares, sustainment, program management, engineering and field support.

Rolls-Royce has delivered 35 LiftSystems and has expanded field support to include five bases which are flying F-35B aircraft.