Poland selects Pratt & Whitney-powered F-16 as New Frontline Fighter
EAST HARTFORD, Conn., December 27, 2002 - The Government of Poland today declared Lockheed Martin the winner in the fighter competition to supply the Polish Air Force with 48 advanced multirole aircraft. Poland selected Lockheed Martin's Advanced F-16 C/D Block 52, powered by Pratt & Whitney's F100-PW-229 engine, over Dassault's Mirage and the SAAB/BAESystems Gripen.
"Lockheed Martin is truly honored to be entrusted by the Government of Poland to provide its forces with new fighter aircraft," said George Standridge, Lockheed Martin's F-16 Campaign Director in Poland. "We look forward to working with the Ministry of Economy and Polish industry to immediately begin new, long term business relationships with our worldwide F-16 industrial team. We would also like to congratulate the Tender committee on a superbly conducted competition. It sets the standard for new NATO entrants."
By selecting the Advanced F-16 C/D Block 52, Poland has ensured its air forces will be equipped with the most capable multirole fighter in NATO. Additional elements of the winning package include the most advanced US weapons, training performed by the United States Air Force and long-term support of the aircraft. The United States Government has also provided a low rate interest loan to help the Polish Government finance the purchase.
"I would also like to add my personal thanks to the US Embassy in Warsaw for its very strong support and guidance during this campaign effort, and the excellent teamwork of US Government agencies in Washington," said Standridge. "Our team worked very hard to show the advantages of the F-16. We believe it is the best fighter in the world and it continues to prove itself in combat daily. Poland's ever-growing strategic relationship with the United States and the F-16's proven capabilities made the U.S. fighter a logical choice. In joining the F-16 family, Poland has chosen to secure its place in NATO while establishing a clear path towards the future."
The F-16 has proven to be the most popular and successful modern fighter in the world market today with over 4,350 under contract. Poland will become the 9th European country and 24th international country to fly the F-16. Poland joins a NATO force of over 1,000 other F-16's throughout the region. Powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, these 48 F-16s are projected to be in service for over 30 years.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a leader in the design, development, systems integration, production, and support of advanced military aircraft and related technologies. Its customers include the military services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world. Products include the F-16, F/A-22, F-35 JSF, F-117, T- 50, C-5, C-27J, C-130, C-130J, P-3, and U-2.
Pratt & Whitney military engine models include the F119 powering the F/A- 22 Raptor; the F135 for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter; the F117 for the C-17 Globemaster III; the F100 for F-15 and F-16 fighters; the J52 for the EA-6B Prowler; the TF33 powering AWACS, Joint STARS, B-52, C-141 and KC-135 aircraft; the PT6 for T-6A, C-12, T-34C and UH-1N aircraft; and the JT15 for the T-1A, UC-35A, and the Pegasus UCAV.
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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