Geoff Thomas

American engines giant Pratt & Whitney has formed a business unit providing gas turbine engine research and development, manufacturing and after-market support of small military engines for the US military.

The new business will work closely with P&W Military Engines, a leader in the US large military engine market.

Small Military Engines (SME) will augment the advanced technology and government business expertise of Military Engines with the small engine design tools and lean development processes of P&W Canada.


SME will support a full range of technology and development activities focusing on military applications for turboshaft and turboprop engines and small turbofans. Together with Military Engines and Hamilton Sundstrand, SME will offer a full range of thrust options and be able to incorporate low observable technologies to meet survivability requirements.

P&W Military Engines supplies the F100 family of engines for F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters. Many air forces fly F-16s powered by F100 variants and all F-15 aircraft rely on P&W for power. It also provides the F-117 engine for the C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft.

Additionally, the company is delivering the F119 engine for the US Air Force's new F-22 Raptor and variants of that engine are being developed for the two contractors competing on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme.

Source: Flight Daily News