Pentagon Ends GE, Rolls-Royce F-35 Contract

Reuters

The Defense Department has terminated a contract with General Electric and Rolls-Royce to develop an alternative engine for the F-35 fighter jet, the department said Monday.

The budget deal recently passed by Congress contained no funding for the alternative engine.

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The Pentagon has sought for five years to kill the alternative engine as an economy measure. United Technologies Corp unit Pratt & Whitney is building the primary F-35 engine.

(Editing by John Wallace)

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