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Pratt & Whitney to power Egyptian Air Force F-16s

November 16, 2010 (by Stephanie Duvall) - Pratt & Whitney, was awarded a contract for $46 million to provide F100-PW-229 Enhanced Engine Package (EEP) engines to power the Egyptian Air Force's new fleet of 20 F-16 aircraft.

The 4000th F-16 delivered by Lockheed was F-16C #0103 for the Egyptian Air Force. This was only a pre-delivery serial based on the FY allocation (96-0103). It was reserialled 9728. [Lockheed Martin photo]

This contract covers engines to support the initial aircraft production for the Egyptian Air Force's F-16 block 52 aircraft purchase. The F100-PW-229 EEP is the latest evolution of Pratt & Whitney’s F100 family. Pratt & Whitney plans to begin deliveries of F100-PW-229 EEP engines in 2011.

"We are honored The Egyptian Air Force has chosen to return to Pratt & Whitney to provide power for their new F-16 fighters," said Bill Begert, vice president of Business Development for Pratt & Whitney.

"We believe the capability, safety and reliability of the F100-PW-229 EEP engine, coupled with Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to the readiness of the Egyptian Air Force, offer unmatched operating performance. We look forward to continuing our long and successful relationship."

The F100-PW-229 engine provides the Egyptian 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 1.7 million flight hours in more than 18 years of operational service.

Incorporation of the F100-PW-229 EEP increases the engine depot inspection interval from seven to 10 years, providing up to a 30 percent life cycle cost reduction over the life of the engine. The EEP offers significant safety benefits; reducing the predicted in-flight shutdown rate by up to 25 percent. The F100-PW-229 is the only fighter engine funded and qualified by the U.S. Air Force to the 6,000 cycle capability.

Courtesy of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines