Big Military Contracts Involve Work by Hoosiers

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Two defense industry manufacturers with Indiana facilities will receive work as part of nearly $125 million in U.S. military contracts. They include a modification to a contract for fighter jet engines from the Pratt & Whitney location in Indianapolis and Columbia City-based ERAPSCO Inc. for manufacturing sonobuoys for the Navy.

The United Technologies Corp.-owned Pratt & Whitney Military Engines contract involves a nearly $105 million modification to a production and support services contract. The work is expected to be complete in September 2018 at multiple U.S. facilities, a small percentage of which going to Indianapolis. The U.S. Department  of Defense says it involves support of the F-135 propulsions systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, non-DOD participants and foreign military sales customers.

ERAPSCO is being subcontracted by through a joint venture between Illinois Ultra Electronics Holdings PLC and Illinois-based Sparton Corp. (NYSE: SPA). The deal will be carried out through manufacturing operations in Columbia City and Florida and is expected to wrap up by September 2017.

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