India Receives First P&W-powered C-17 Aircraft
Thursday, June 27, 2013
India recently received its first C-17 Globemaster III, powered exclusively by four Pratt & Whitney F117 engines. India is slated to receive a total of 10 C-17s by 2014 and plans to use the planes to quickly move material and troops. The Indian Air Force received the C-17 during a ceremony at Boeing's final assembly site in Long Beach, Calif., on June 11.
Pratt & Whitney has delivered 24 F117 engines so far to Boeing to power the fleet of C-17 aircraft for India. "We are proud to power the C-17s being purchased by India," said Bev Deachin, vice president, Military Programs and Customer Support at Pratt & Whitney. "We are confident the Indian Air Force will benefit from our world-class F117 engines supporting the C-17's outstanding airlift capabilities. I congratulate and thank our employees for producing and delivering these engines."
Each of four F117 engines on the C-17 is rated at 40,440 pounds of thrust which enables the aircraft to carry a payload of 164,900 pounds and fly 2,400 nautical miles without refueling. The F117 first entered service in 1993 and is a derivative of Pratt & Whitney's PW2040 commercial engine. With more than 10 million hours of proven military service and 50 million hours in commercial use, the F117/PW2040 has consistently proven itself as a world-class dependable engine. Through Pratt & Whitney's ongoing investment in product improvements, the engine continuously surpasses established goals of time on wing and support turnaround time.
Pratt & Whitney has delivered more than 1,200 F117 engines worldwide. There have been 254 C-17 deliveries made by Boeing, with 222 going to the US Air Force and 32 to international customers. In addition to the Indian Air Force, other international customers include the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force, the Qatar Emiri Air Force, the Canadian Forces Air Command, the Royal Australian Air Force, United Arab Emirates and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.
The C-17, shown here, was transferred to India on June 11 after completion of a flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, Calif., that began following the Jan. 22 delivery. Boeing is on track to deliver four more C-17s to the IAF this year and five in 2014.