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Raytheon hires S-3 for F-35 engine fight – Politico

Summary

With Daniel Lippman

S-3 SIGNS RAYTHEON AHEAD OF NDAA FIGHT: Raytheon Technologies, which owns F-35 fighter jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, has hired a new team of lobbyists from S-3 Group amid a lobbying fight with General Electric over upgrades to the Lockheed Martin jet’s propulsion system.

— At the heart of the brewing policy fight is the need for more thrust and cooling power from the jet’s engines, POLITICO’s Lee Hudson reported earlier this month. Lawmakers…….

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With Daniel Lippman

S-3 SIGNS RAYTHEON AHEAD OF NDAA FIGHT: Raytheon Technologies, which owns F-35 fighter jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, has hired a new team of lobbyists from S-3 Group amid a lobbying fight with General Electric over upgrades to the Lockheed Martin jet’s propulsion system.

— At the heart of the brewing policy fight is the need for more thrust and cooling power from the jet’s engines, POLITICO’s Lee Hudson reported earlier this month. Lawmakers are trying to determine whether to upgrade the existing Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, a monopoly Raytheon’s new lobbyists will fight to preserve, or open up a competition for a brand new engine for the jets, which GE is pushing, arguing that a competition could bring down the cost to the government of the eventual winner.

— Pratt & Whitney has argued that its updated engine package would work in different variants of the F-35 and would not force the military services to field a new engine and potentially lead to a mixed fleet of new propulsion systems and F135s, a company exec told Lee.

Matt Bravo, a former aide to House Minority Whip Steve Scalise; Martin Delgado, an ex-House Approps aide; Jose Ceballos, a former National Air Traffic Controllers Association lobbyist; Michael Long, a former aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; and John Scofield, a former Mark Hatfield and Frank LoBiondo aide, will lobby on the account for S-3 as the Senate finally gears up to begin debate on the annual defense policy legislation. Raytheon, which spent $4.5 million on lobbying last quarter, retains more than a dozen other outside lobbying firms, including Holland & Knight, DLA Piper, Thorn Run Partners, Innovative Federal Strategies, Invariant, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and American Defense International.

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Source: https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-influence/2021/11/15/raytheon-hires-s-3-for-f-35-engine-fight-798897