Pratt & Whitney Selected To Power Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16s
EAST HARTFORD, Conn., June 6, 2008 – The Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engine has been selected by the Royal Moroccan Air Force to power their new fleet of F-16 Block 52 aircraft. The engine program, sold through the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales program, is valued at approximately $170 million and is scheduled for delivery in 2010 and 2011. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
We are honored by the Royal Moroccan Air Force’s selection of Pratt & Whitney’s F100-PW-229 engine to power their F-16s,” said Bill Begert, Vice President of Business Development for Pratt & Whitney. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship.”
The F100-PW-229 engine offers the Royal Moroccan Air Force a lower total cost of ownership and an outstanding record of safety. Incorporating the latest technologies, this propulsion system provides advanced, dependable power for F-16 fighter aircraft around the world. To date, the F100-PW-229 powered aircraft fleet has logged more than 963,000 flight hours in more than 16 years of operational service.
The Royal Moroccan Air Force becomes the 22nd international customer to select the F100 engine family. F100 engines power F-16 aircraft utilized throughout region in Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Portugal.
The F100-PW-229 is the latest evolution of the F100 family of fighter aircraft engines.Incorporation of the F100-PW-229 Engine Enhancement Package (EEP) — successfully demonstrated in 2004 — will lead to the objective of increasing the engine depot inspection interval from seven years to ten years. In addition, the EEP configuration will provide up to a 30 percent life cycle cost reduction over the life the engine. The EEP will also offer significant safety benefits; reducing the predicted in-flight shutdown rate by up to 25 percent. The F100-PW-229 engine is the only fighter engine funded and qualified by the U.S. Air Force to the 6000 cycle capability.
Pratt & Whitney military engines include the F135 for the F-35 Lightning II, the F119 for the F-22 Raptor, the F100 family that powers the F-15 and F-16, the F117 for the C-17 Globemaster III, the J52 for the EA-6B Prowler, the TF33 powering AWACS, Joint STARS, B-52, and KC-135 aircraft, and the TF30 for the F-111. In addition, Pratt & Whitney offers a global network of MRO and MAS focused on maintaining engine readiness for our customers. Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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