United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded an estimated $89,226,102 advance acquisition contract for long lead components, parts and materials associated with the Lot VII Low Rate Initial Production of 19 F135 Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) propulsion systems for the Air Force; 6 Short Take-off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; and 4 Carrier Variant (CV) propulsion systems for the Navy. In addition, this contract provides for the procurement of two CTOL propulsions systems for Turkey; three CTOL propulsion systems for Italy; one F135 STOVL propulsion system for the United Kingdom; and two CTOL propulsions systems for Norway. Work will be performed in Connecticut, Indiana and the United Kingdom and is expected to be completed in September 2013. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force, Navy/Marine Corps, and the governments of Turkey, Italy, United Kingdom and Norway. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 09/27/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.