The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has chosen Pratt & Whitney's F100-PW-229 engines to power its new fleet of 20 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52 aircraft, it was announced at the weekend.

Deliveries of the engines and associated equipment are scheduled to begin in March 2003.The RSAF previously selected the F100-PW-220 engine in 1988 for its first fleet of F-16s.In the past nine months, three countries have selected the -229 engine to power new F-16s. Israel announced its decision to buy 50 with an option for 60 more; the Republic of Korea bought 20; while Greece bought 50.The -229 recently logged half a million engine flight hours since it was introduced nine years ago. It's in service with the US airforce as well as four international air forces.

Source: Flight Daily News