Hamilton Sundstrand, a key supplier on Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine for the F-35 Lightning II, has placed a purchase order with Ottawa-based GasTOPS for the fan eddy current sensor for the F135. The agreement has a potential value of US$48 million over the life of the program. The fan eddy current system is part of the prognostic health monitoring system that monitors the structural health of the fan blades.
GasTOPS is recognized as world leader in the provision of control and condition assessment solutions for rotating machinery. "Our company has worked closely with Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Sundstrand for many years on the development and introduction of advanced sensors for engine health monitoring," says Dave Muir, CEO of GasTOPS. "We are extremely pleased and proud to be selected for this new program and to have the opportunity to continue this successful partnership."
Says Warren Boley, VP for the F135 programs. “P&W is pleased to continue developing this important partnership [with GasTOPS] and the F135 program will benefit from the prognostic solutions they provide.” This is the third part manufacturing order for the F135 placed with GasTOPS. They also produce parts for the military F119 and the commercial PurePower™ PW1000G Engines.