House defense appropriators voted in favor of providing $450 million to keep the F136 engine program alive during their mark-up of the Obama Administration's Fiscal 2011 defense spending bill, July 27, 2010. The move was another blow to the Pentagon's push to stop work on this engine, which General Electric and Rolls Royce build. In late May 2010, the House passed its version of the Fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill that included $485 million for the F136. Here AF-1, an F-35A test aircraft, during a sortie. GE and Rolls Royce hope that the F136 survives so that it may compete against Pratt & Whitney's F135 to power future lots of F-35 strike fighters.
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