14 Nisan 2011 Perşembe
GE-Rolls continue fight for second F-35 jet engine
* Companies cite support from House and Senate leaders (Adds Pratt statement)
WASHINGTON, April 12 (Reuters) - General Electric Co (GE.N) and Britain's Rolls Royce (RR.L) on Tuesday vowed to continue work on a second engine for the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-35 fighter jet despite news that a compromise fiscal 2011 defense budget will not fund the program.
"We will work closely with our congressional supporters to bring competing JSF engines to the fiscal 2012 budget process," GE spokesman Rick Kennedy said in a statement.
"With the development program nearly complete, we have no intention of abandoning this engine."
Kennedy cited a "significant willingness" among lawmakers to revisit the debate over funding the second F-35 engine when Congress considers the fiscal 2012 budget, and said House and Senate leaders were encouraging the company to fight on.