Prowlers, Running: NAVSUP Contracts for J-52 Engine Repairs

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EA-6B flypast(click to view full) United Technologies subsidiary Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT recently received a $16.6 million firm-fixed-price order to repair 13 line items used on the EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare fighter’s J-52/JT-8A turbojet engines. The J-52 was picked to power the A-6 Intruder in 1958, and its most recent variant is the J-52 P-408, with 11,200 pounds of thrust. Keeping them in service is an important part of the keeping the twin-engine, 4-seat EA-6B Prowler fleet in service, until the EA-18G Growlers can replace them over the next several years. Under this particular order, Pratt & Whitney will also provide manufacturing, engineering, and technical support to the US Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Jacksonville, FL, with a goal of improving monthly output. Pratt & Whitney, as the original manufacturer, was the only offeror solicited for this particular sole-source requirement and the sole offeror responding. US NAVSUP also has issued a number of solicitations lately to refurbish components like turbine blades, and combustion chamber case assemblies. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, FL, and is expected to be complete by July 31/13. The FY 2012/2013 Navy Working Capital Funds, will not expire at the end of the […]

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