Israel Selects Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 EngineTo Power New Fleet Of F-16s
(Source : Pratt&Whitney)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--- After a highly visible and intense competition between Pratt & Whitney and General Electric Aircraft Engines, the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced today the selection of Pratt & Whitney's F100-PW-229 engine to power its fleet of up to 110 new F-16 C/D aircraft, including options. Engine deliveries are expected to begin in 2002.
"This is a very significant strategic order from a valued and long-time customer,'' said Louis Chenevert, president of Pratt & Whitney. "Winning a head-to-head international competition with GE sends an important message to all those who will be purchasing the F-16 C/D versions. This is a clear demonstration of confidence in this engine.''
The F100-PW-229 engine is the safest fighter engine in U.S. Air Force history, and has demonstrated outstanding reliability and performance while powering F-16 and F-15 aircraft globally. The F100-PW-229s outstanding reliability was recently demonstrated in Kosovo where it allowed F-15-Es to fly combat missions in an intense operational environment.
Pratt & Whitney engines have been powering the aircraft of the Israeli Air Force since its inception in 1947 when a P&W Wasp-powered DC-3 aircraft was delivered. The Israeli Air Force was the first international customer for the F-15 aircraft and F100 engines with procurement starting in 1977. They initially purchased Pratt & Whitney F100-powered F-16 A/B models in 1981.
Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Conn., U.S.A., is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems, and industrial gas turbines.