Aero-engine maker Pratt & Whitney has launched a military engine development group called GatorWorks.
The prototyping group, which aims to be a kind of “internal startup company” aims to halve the time it takes and halve the costs of developing advanced military aero-engines compared with traditional procurement cycles.
“The standard large engine development cycle is roughly 20 years. Our customers have asked for rapid innovation, technology development and new product introduction. GatorWorks is the answer,” said Matthew Bromberg, president of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines.
“GatorWorks will seek to leverage commercial enterprise capabilities in rapid prototyping, iterative design, procurement, and testing of cutting-edge products for our customers. We’ve created an environment where our best engineers can reach their potential with all the tools they need, but without the unnecessary internal barriers that can sometimes slow them down.”