Flanders’ Minister-President Jan Jambon visits company that builds mission-critical components for the F135 advanced fighter engine of the F-35 Lightning II – Joint Strike Fighter.
Detroit, MI/Oostkamp, Belgium, January 30, 2023 – BMT Aerospace, specialized in making high precision products and complex assemblies for turbine engines and mission-critical aircraft components, celebrated more than 50 years of successful partnership with the U.S. Aerospace Industry at a ceremony in Belgium in the presence of Flanders’ Minister-President Jan Jambon today.
BMT Aerospace CEO Benoit Reynders said: “We are very proud to be part of Pratt & Whitney’s F135 advanced fighter engine program powering all 3 variants of the F-35 Lightning II – Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). BMT has been a supplier to Pratt &Whitney for over 50 years now. Our participation in the global F-35 JSF Program is a confirmation of how our expertise, management, and know-how ‘Made in Flanders’ is being appreciated by Air Forces all over the world.”
Minister-President Jan Jambon of Flanders, Belgium’s northern region, commented:
"The aerospace industry plays an enormously important role for the Flemish export economy. Flanders accounts for 2% of world trade by land, sea and air. It is therefore no coincidence that BMT Aerospace's headquarters are in Flanders. For more than 50 years, BMT has been designing, innovating and building components for commercial, military and space programs. Flanders, together with its strategic partners is strongly committed to innovating in its export economy."
BMT Aerospace, with manufacturing operations in the EU and in the USA is a partnering supplier to Pratt & Whitney and currently produces Engine and Accessory Gearbox components in support of the following P&W programs:
F135 Engine -> F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
PW1000 Engine -> A320 NEO / A220 / Embraer E-Series commercial airliners
F100 Engine -> F-15 / F-16 Fighter Jets
JT3/TF33 Engine -> B-52 Bomber / KC-135 Tanker
A detailed document outlining the Integrated Country Strategy for Belgium with the U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation can be found here.
BMT Aerospace equally provides mission-critical components to the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-53E Super Stallion and the latest CH-53K King Stallion helicopter series as well as the Lockheed-Martin C-130 Hercules military transporter. BMT Aerospace is active in almost every major aerospace platform, including Airbus’ A320, A330, A350 and A380 aircraft, and manufacturing gears and gearboxes for jet engine manufacturers Rolls Royce, General Electric, Honeywell, Safran and UTC.