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Pratt & Whitney, Defense Agencies Join Together in Strategic Supplier Alliance

DAYTON, Ohio, September 25, 2002 -- Pratt & Whitney (P&W), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) today signed a Strategic Supplier Alliance charter as part of a wide-ranging Department of Defense (DoD) initiative to improve support to U.S. fighting forces around the world.

Today’s agreement calls for P&W, DLA and AFMC to meet regularly to identify ways to improve logistics support, procurement, quality, program management, engineering and program integration in support of military end users.

"Pratt & Whitney’s initial focus under this and related initiatives is to continue to improve the readiness of F100 engines that power USAF F-15 and F-16 fighters," said Larry Jones, P&W’s Director of Military Customer Support. Signing the agreement on behalf of P&W, Jones added, "The F100 is the primary propulsion system for the U.S. Air Force’s front line fighters, the F-15 and F-16. We are pleased to join our customer in helping to maximize readiness for this critical engine program."

As original equipment manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney provides the Air Force with F100 engine parts under sole-source and competitive contracts. A recently awarded DLA "corporate contract" gives P&W responsibility to manage the entire supply chain to the Air Force’s Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, to maintain stock levels and assure that parts are always available. The F100 engine has an impressive record of success. It powers all operational F-15 fighters worldwide, as well as most of the world’s F-16 fighters. The latest version, the F100-PW-229, has the best safety record in U.S. Air Force history. Across all models, F100 engines have logged more than 17 million flight hours. There are currently more than 6,800 active installed F100 engines worldwide.

Pratt & Whitney military engine models include the F100 for F-15 and F-16 fighters, the F117 for the C-17 Globemaster III, the F119 powering the F/A-22 Raptor, the J52 for the EA-6B Prowler, and the F135 for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) company, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines.

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