October 7, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Today Pratt & Whitney joined the countries of the European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the F-16 Fighting Falcon EPAF program in Brussels, Belgium.
The revolutionary program brought together five European nations, in partnership with the United States Air Force, to manufacture the first F-16 Falcons powered by Pratt & Whitney F100 engines in both Europe and the United States as equal partners.
The five nations of the F-16 EPAF
program are Belgium
, The Netherlands
, which joined in 1994.
"Pratt & Whitney is very pleased to have the opportunity to share in the celebration of this 25-year historical partnership. The unique relationship between partner nations has clearly demonstrated that we can successfully execute major acquisition programs even though we are an ocean apart. The first 25 years have been a total success and Pratt & Whitney is anxiously looking forward to the next 25 years," Lloyd "Fig" Newton, Pratt & Whitney's Executive Vice President, Military Engines, said at a dinner marking the anniversary.
The multinational collaboration that began with the F-16 EPAF has paved the way for similar initiatives, including the Joint Strike Fighter program that brings together nine countries to create the world's next generation fighter aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is developing the F135 engine to power the Joint Strike Fighter.