Two recent high profile selections of Pratt & Whitney's F100 engine maintain its position as the sole propulsion system on the Boeing F-15 Eagle fighter, and assure that the engine will continue production through the last half of the decade. Both the US Air Force and Israeli air force announced the selection of the F100-PW-229 engine to power their frontline fighter aircraft. Earlier this month, Pratt & Whitney was chosen by the USAF to provide 10 of its F100-PW-229 engines to power its latest buy of F-15E fighter aircraft, scheduled to be delivered in 2003 and 2004. The Israel Ministry of Defence has also announced that the F100-PW-229 engine had been selected to power the Israeli air force's follow-on buy of fighter aircraft.
The contract award covers up to 61 engines for delivery in 2005-2008, and has an approximate value of $300 million over the life of the programme.
"Pratt & Whitney's F100-PW-229 engine continues to satisfy the needs of our worldwide customers," says Steve Finger, president, military engines, P&W. "The F100 is the only engine that has proven its capabilities time and time again on the demanding F-15 mission. The engine also powers more than 65% of the world's Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter fleet, and has an outstanding record of success on this weapon system as well." The F100 engine has a remarkable portfolio of achievements. F100-powered F-15E aircraft are undefeated in air combat while the engine claims the best safety record in the USAF. To date, more than 600 -229 engines have been delivered or are on order for international customers. The worldwide installed base of the F100 engine family totals more than 6,800 engines.
Source: Flight Daily News