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Gastops marks 3,500 engine sensors for F-35 Lightning II

Gastops provides up to 4 engine sensors on the F-35A, B and C variants.

March 23, 2021  by CM Staff

Gastops Celebrates 3,500th Engine Sensor Delivery for F-35 Lightning II (CNW Group/Gastops)

OTTAWA — The Lockheed Martin 5th Generation F-35 Lightning II is an advanced fighter jet with a Pratt & Whitney F135 engine. Parts of the engine are designed and manufactured by Canadian companies – to try and provide a step change in performance, safety, and reliability over 4th generation fighter engines.

Gastops, a company located in Ottawa that specializes in equipment intelligence technology, provides up to 4 engine sensors on the F-35A, B and C variants and announced that it had recently delivered its 3,500th engine sensor to the F-35 program.

The F-35 program relies on a highly accelerated supply chain of which Gastops is a contributor. Aerospace supply chains have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and despite these impacts, the demand for the F-35 program has remained steady. Even under these circumstances, Gastops’ production facility has continued to meet all scheduled deliveries.

At the forefront of these sensing technologies is Gastops’ MetalSCAN Oil Debris Monitoring sensors. MetalSCAN sensing technology offers a real-time condition indication of the health of critical components in the engine by enabling condition-based maintenance decisions rather than the outdated time-based methods.

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Pratt & Whitney’s F135 – which powers all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II – is an advanced fighter engine, providing operators with a significant technological advantage. With its advanced damage tolerant design and fully integrated prognostic health monitoring, the F135 has demonstrated a 93% reduction in unscheduled engine removals over 4th generation fighter engines.

Gastops has been a part of the Pratt & Whitney engine program since its debut on the F119 engine, powering the F-22 Raptor, in the early 1990’s. MetalSCAN is also used to monitor critical components for the Pratt & Whitney GTF commercial engine family. Gastops continues to look forward to its continued partnership with Pratt & Whitney and the shared vision to provide solutions that improve safety and reliability.