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    Pratt & Whitney Wins $214Mln Maintenance Contract for F-35 Jets - Pentagon

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    United Technologies Corporation Pratt & Whitney has won a new $214 million contract for jet engines maintenance for the over-cost and troubled F-35 stealth fighter bomber, the US Department of Defense announced.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The defense contractor will maintain the F-35 jets for the US Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, as well as foreign military sales, it added.

    "Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines… is being awarded a $214,597,057 modification… contract for… sustainment in support of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft," the Defense Department stated on Wednesday.

    The F-35 program’s overall cost has ballooned to more than $1 trillion, making it the most expensive weapons program in the Defense Department's history. The aircraft has suffered from a long line of flaws including systems malfunctions, schedule delays and cost overruns.

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