FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW: Pratt & Whitney was awarded a contract from the U.S. Government valued at approximately $145 million to provide engines to power the Royal Moroccan Air Force’s new fleet of F-16 aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company.
Pratt & Whitney’s contract includes F100-PW-229 Enhanced Engine Package (EEP) engines scheduled for delivery in 2010 and 2011.
“We are honored our new F100-PW-229 EEP engines will be the exclusive power for the Royal Moroccan Air Force’s new F-16 fighters,” said Bill Begert, vice president of Business Development and Aftermarket Services for Pratt & Whitney. “We are grateful for the Royal Moroccan Air Force’s confidence in our product, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.”
The F100-PW-229 EEP engine provides 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 2.5 million flight hours in more than 18 years of operational service.
The Royal Moroccan Air Force became the 22nd international customer to select the F100 engine family. The F100-PW-229 EEP is the latest evolution of the F100 family of fighter aircraft engines. Incorporation of the F100-PW-229 EEP increases the engine depot inspection interval from seven years to 10 years, providing up to a 30-percent life-cycle cost reduction over the life of 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 EEP is the only fighter engine qualified by the U.S. Air Force to the 6,000 cycle capability in production.
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 commercial building industries.