Apr 25 2011

GE/Rolls Royce F136 engine contract terminated

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 20:24 onder Global F35 News

After five years of attempts to kill the F136 engine the Pentagon has succeeded in killing the second engine as an economy measure over what had been, until February, congressional efforts to keep it alive for competitive reasons.

The U.S. Department of Defense today notified the General Electric/Rolls Royce Fighter Engine Team (FET) and the Congress that the F136 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) engine contract has been terminated.

On March 24, 2011, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter directed the F-35 JSF contracting officer to issue an order to the FET to stop work on the F136 development contract. The stop work order ended the expenditure of $1 million per day on an extra engine that the DoD has assessed as unneeded and wasteful. The stop work order was put in place pending final resolution of the extra engine’s future in Congressional action on the fiscal 2011 budget.

Subsequently, H.R. 1473, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for 2011 was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President on April 15, 2011. H.R. 1473 contains no funding for the F136 engine.

Following this action, Carter directed the JSF Joint Program Office to cease all activity on the F136 development, and the JSF contracting officer determined to terminate the F136 contract.

The FET has been instructed to preserve and deliver government property. The Defense Contract Management Agency will assume responsibility for termination settlement.

Killing funding of the F136 engine shows the US is an unreliable (industrial) partner. In the MOU-PSFD (november 2006, updated until 2010, see download) signed by the USA and all JSF partner countries one may read:
“6.2.2 The Participants may designate the F135, the F136, or both in their PPRs in such quantities and in accordance with such delivery schedules as they require.”

This one-sided decision of the USA destroys a lot of development work executed in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Italy and will destroy numerous jobs in these countries, because they preferred the F136 and have choosen to put most of their (engine) effort in this F136 engine.

Reuters reports 25-apr-2011 “US kills GE/Rolls Royce engine for F35 fighter

Source: U.S Department of Defense; issued April 25, 2011

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