Pratt & Whitney to Pay for F-35B’s Grounding, Executive Says

June 17, 2013

United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney unit and its subcontractors will pay the entire cost of grounding the Pentagon’s F-35B fighters in January because of a propulsion-system flaw, the unit’s top official said.

“Pratt and the propulsion contractor team is paying,” Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt & Whitney’s Military Engines unit, said in an e-mailed statement. Pratt & Whitney spokesman Matthew Bates said the company won’t disclose the cost.

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