Pratt & Whitney halted F-35 engine delivery over titanium origin


United Technologies' (NYSE:UTX) Pratt & Whitney unit says it suspended delivery of engines for the F-35 jet, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program, over concern that a supplier may have provided “suspect” titanium.

UTX says delivery was halted in May after an in-house inspection and testing process raised questions about the origin of the titanium; UTX replaced all suspect engine parts in its inventory for failing to meet specifications, but determined the titanium in 147 F-35 engines already delivered did not pose a flight safety risk.

The Pratt & Whitney engine accounts for $68.4B of the $398.6B projected cost of the F-35 being built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT).

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  • ToddSeekingAlpha
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    Which begs the question, what country sources this titanium?
    29 Aug 2014, 07:59 PM Reply Like
  • Rudester
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    The largest titanium exporting countries in the world are:

     

    1 China
    2 Russia
    3 Japan
    4 Kazakhstan
    5 Ukraine
    29 Aug 2014, 08:14 PM Reply Like
  • 5951691
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    Odds are that the titanium came from Russia. VSMPO is the world's largest supplier of the Ti alloys, and they are approved for critical rotating components. But they, and all other foreign sources, are prohibited from US military applications. Pratt needs to be more careful.
    29 Aug 2014, 10:14 PM Reply Like
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