July 14, 2008 (by Asif Shamim) - The Pratt & Whitney F100 engine family recently surpassed 22 million operational flight hours. The F100 engine powers the F-16 and F-15 fighter jets operated by the US Air Force, US Navy and air forces in 22 nations.
F100-PW-229 in a 360? rotating stand during production [P&W photo]
will become the 23rd nation to operate the F100 engine when they take delivery of block 52
F-16s in 2010.
"The F100 propulsion system has proven its reliability, dependability and exceptional performance time and time again in military forces around the world," said Warren Boley, vice president, Pratt & Whitney Military Programs and Customer Support.
"We strive to provide our customers not only the highest quality products, but an unmatched level of service and support so they can successfully accomplish their critical missions. And we're proud to celebrate 22 million hours of doing just that."
The F100 engine entered service in 1974 and is expected to remain in operation until 2035. Pratt & Whitney has delivered 7,170 F100 engines to customers around the world and currently has firm commitments for another 149.
The F100-PW-229 Engine Enhancement Package (EEP
) is the latest evolution of the engines and the safest engine in US Air Force
The PW-229 EEP increases the engine depot inspection interval from 4,300 to 6,000 cycles, while maintaining the 29,100 pound thrust rating. This increase is equivalent to extending the depot maintenance interval from seven years to 10 years, a 30 percent life cycle cost reduction over the life of a PW-229 EEP engine.