The US Department of Defense (DoD) has recently taken a significant step towards enhancing the production of turbine engine components for its fleet of fighter jets through a $1.31-million agreement with Selmet, a leading metallic solutions provider.
The partnership underscores the importance of securing a resilient supply chain for critical defense components, aligning with the objectives of the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III—a program that targets investment that create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore domestic industrial base capabilities that are critical to the national defense.
Manufacturing Key Components for Top Fighter Jets
Selmet Incorporated, headquartered in Albany, Oregon, will play a pivotal role in manufacturing specialty titanium castings that form integral components of several advanced fighter jet models, including the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, and F-35 Lightning II aircraft propulsion systems. These components are crucial for ensuring the optimal performance and reliability of the engines powering these cutting-edge aircraft.
The company has established itself as a strategic supplier for Raytheon Technologies segment Pratt & Whitney, contributing to the production of F100, F135, and F119 turbine engine components. This proven track record underscores Selmet’s expertise in the field of aerospace manufacturing and its ability to fulfill the exacting quality and performance requisites of the defense sector.