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Raytheon to supply Morocco with F-16 engines in $212M contract

July 27, 2021 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Raytheon has been awarded a $212 million delivery order against the F100 production program’s indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for F100-PW-229 install engines.

RMAF F-16C block 52 #08-8009 leads a four-ship formation at Marrakesh during a display on April 25th, 2014. [Airliners.net photo by Lars Kitschke]

Raytheon is expected to complete manufacture and delivery of the F100-PW-229 install engines by 2025. The company will conclude the manufacturing at its East Hartford, Connecticut, plant.

The Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) has 23 F-16C/D block 52+ jets in its inventory. In March2019 Morocco received U.S. approval to purchase 25 F-16C/D Block 72 jets for $3.8 billion. It also received approval to purchase upgrades for its older F-16s, valued $985.2 million. The request marked the single largest expense of fiscal 2019 for Morocco.

The F100-PW-229 achieves the objective of increasing engine depot maintenance interval from 4,300 to 6,000 total accumulated cycles (TACs), effectively extending the typical depot interval from 7 to 10 years and provides a 30 life-cycle cost reduction over the life of the engine.

The latest configuration is especially important to the end user in increasing the depot maintenance interval and reducing operating cost of F-15 and F-16 fleets. This configuration is the standard in all new production F100-PW-229 engines.

The current configuration of the F100-PW-229 engine is suitable for new U.S.A.F. fighter applications, such as the F-15EX.


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