WASHINGTON — Pratt & Whitney’s military engine group will soon have a new president, the company announced today.
Matthew Bromberg will succeed Bennett Croswell as the head of Pratt’s military arm in May. A retired Navy lieutenant, Bromberg joined the company in 2002, most recently leading the company’s commercial engines aftermarket business. He will join the defense team Feb. 1 as senior vice president before taking the top job.
Croswell is retiring after 38 years with the company, including the last six years running the company’s defense division. During that time, he successfully got Pratt selected as the provider of the Air Force’s B-21 bomber and helped guide the development of Pratt’s Air Force Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP).
But for Croswell, and his successor, the prime focus has been the F135 engine, which powers the F-35 joint strike fighter, which is expected to dominate the Western fighter market for the next several decades. Keeping the F135 on track is the core of Pratt’s defense business, and while it has been largely successful, a series of engine issues plagued Croswell’s time with the company.
Going forward, Bromberg will need to keep costs down on the F135 while developing next-generation technological improvements to the design, many of which are expected to come from the AETP competition. US Air Force officials have indicated that the winner of the AETP challenge, whether it be GE or Pratt, would likely power the next generation of F-35s.