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  • JSF Alternative Engine: Waiting For Gates To Go
    Posted by Robert Wall 9:44 AM on Feb 10, 2011

    Having failed to convince Pentagon chief Robert Gates that having two F-35 Joint Strike Fighter candidates on offer is a good idea, what's the strategy forward for the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternative engine?

    "One of the things we need to do is outlast [Gates]," a Rolls executive tells analysts in releasing the company's 2010 financial results.

    Gates has signalled he will depart the Pentagon this year.


    Furthermore, Rolls restates the case for its engine offering: pointing to the commercial benefits from competition and a powerplant with "more growth capability" than the rival F135 from Pratt & Whitney. "We will continue to push that case," the exec adds.

    Tags: ar99, JSF, F136

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