Lawsuit Filed Against Pratt & Whitney and Other Aerospace Companies Over Illegal No-Poach Hiring Agreements

HARTFORD, Conn. (Joseph Saveri Law Firm PR) — The Joseph Saveri Law Firm, one of the country’s leading antitrust firms, filed a class action complaint Friday against Pratt & Whitney and other aerospace companies, alleging those companies entered and maintained no-poach hiring agreements for nearly a decade, if not longer. Pratt & Whitney is a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies Corporation.

No-poach agreements are agreements between otherwise competing employers not to recruit or hire one another’s employees. No-poach agreements are usually kept secret, creating information imbalance, and preventing employees from negotiating higher salaries and more favorable employment terms. For these reasons and others, no-poach agreements are inherently illegal under United States antitrust laws. They are detrimental to labor markets as they suppress employee compensation and reduce job mobility for workers.


Last Delivery of Russian RD-180 Engines Under Current Contract for ULA’s Atlas V Launch Vehicle

RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at the Academician V.P. Glushko (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation), six RD-180 engines were handed over to American customers. Representatives of the companies Pratt & Whitney, United Launch Alliance, EP AMROSS signed the forms for the engines.

For two weeks prior to the transfer of products, representatives of these companies, as well as NASA and the US Air Force, performed an external examination of engines, spare parts and accessories, as well as a review of accompanying documentation. 

This acceptance is the first since the beginning of the pandemic, which has made its own adjustments to the schedule of supplies abroad. The engines are currently being prepared for shipment. 

The current delivery will be the last under the current contract. In total, within the framework of more than twenty years of cooperation, NPO Energomash has supplied 122 commercial RD-180 engines to the United States.

The RD-180 liquid-propellant rocket engine is designed and manufactured by NPO Energomash. Designed for use as part of the American Atlas V launch vehicles.

Commission Recommends New Domestic Rocket Engine as Congress Provides Funding

Capitol Building
Aviation Week
reports on the impact of Russia banning the export of RD-180 engines for use in the Atlas V rocket:

An influential government commission is recommending the quick start of a new liquid oxygen (LOx)/hydrocarbon engine program not only as a measure to mitigate an Atlas V gap if Russia cuts off its supply of RD-180 engines to the U.S., but also to provide an alternative to the Delta IV in nearly a decade.


FSDC Backs Domestic RD-180 Engine Production

RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)
RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)

Florida Shouldn’t Miss Opportunity
With New Rocket Engine

by Florida Space Development Council

May 1, 2014 – In the late 1990s, as the Air Force settled on Delta-4 and Atlas-5 designs by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, one controversial element was the inclusion of Russian-provided RD-180 engines to power the Atlas-5. The RD-180 is by all accounts a remarkable rocket engine, a propulsion system without peer in the U.S. Concerns about the supply of these engines from Russia were addressed by a plan for Pratt & Whitney (which had partnered with Russia’s Energomash and bought engineering designs for the engine) to domestically produce the RD-180.

Their plan was to manufacture the engines at P&W’s facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. Unfortunately, due to cost concerns (and with Air Force concurrence), this plan was shelved in favor of keeping a two-year supply of the Russian-made engines on hand. According to many in Congress who support sanctions against Russia, that plan is no longer good enough. The latest Air Force budget draft for FY-2015 includes $220 million to develop a domestic alternative to the RD-180.

After a series of mergers and acquisitions, Pratt & Whitney’s rocket engine business (including manufacturing facilities in West Palm Beach) now belongs to Aerojet Rocketdyne. The West Palm plant still produces upper stage engines for both the Atlas-5 and Delta-4, and capacity still exists there for RD-180 manufacturing. With momentum building in Washington for a “domestic alternative” to the Russian engines, the Florida Space Development Council believes Florida lawmakers and economic development officials should be working now to position West Palm Beach as the location for building these engines.

NASA Announces Advanced Composite Research Partnership

Boeing composite tank
Boeing composite tank

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected six companies from five U.S. states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification.

The companies are:

  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas
  • GE Aviation of Cincinnati
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif.
  • Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif.
  • Boeing Research & Technology of St. Louis
  • United Technologies Corporation and subsidiary Pratt & Whitney of Hartford, Conn.


Aerojet Parent GenCorp to Buy Rocketdyne for $550 Million

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 23, 2012 (GenCorp PR) — GenCorp Inc. (GY), headquartered in Sacramento, California, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) from United Technologies Corporation (UTX) for $550 million.

“We see great strategic value in this transaction for the country, our customers, partner supply base and our shareholders,” GenCorp Chief Executive Officer Scott Seymour said. “The combined enterprise will be better positioned to compete in a dynamic, highly competitive marketplace, and provide more affordable products for our customers.”


Scramjet Engine Installed in Second X-51A Waverider Vehicle

X-51 Waverider
X-51 Waverider


Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s scramjet engine SJY61-2 has been installed in the second X-51A flight test vehicle at Boeing Phantom Works in Palmdale, Calif. This is the second of four engines that will be used in flight testing of the X-51A scheduled to begin later this year. The X-51A is expected to exceed Mach 6 and set the foundation for several hypersonic applications. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).