Danish software firm Corena has entered a collaboration agreement with the US aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen. Corena will develop document management software for the engine of the Joint Strike Fighter, now officially designated the F-35.
The DKK 2m (USD 340,000) order represents the first step for the Birkrød-based firm into the US market. Corena's deputy managing director Haagen Aas told Børsen: "Pratt & Whitney collaborates with several major suppliers of engine parts for civil and military aircraft, including Hamilton Sundstrand. This means that our collaboration has a long-term perspective."
Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Sundstrand are both owners of the US armaments concern United Technologies, that generates revenues equivalent to DKK 244bn and also owns the helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and the elevator producer Otis.
Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Sundstrand are jointly manufacturing the engine for the F-35, and Corena will supply the digital handbooks for the power plant. Ed O'Donnell, head of the F-35 project at Pratt & Whitney told Børsen that Corena has a big market to go after: "This is a major breakthrough for digital technology and Corena on the American market. They have an innovative product that they can be proud of, and we are proud to be entering this agreement."
O'Donnell also commented that Corena is already in serious dialogue with Hamilton Sundstrand and Sikorsky, and that Mitsubishi is also interested in Corena in relation to its aircraft production.