India To Acquire C-17s Exclusively Powered By Pratt & Whitney F117 Engines
Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced that India's Ministry of Defence has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters exclusively powered by four Pratt & Whitney F117 engines. According to the agreement, India will take delivery of its C-17s in 2013 and 2014.
"We are delighted that the Indian Air Force has selected the C-17 with Pratt & Whitney F117 engines to support its airlift mission," said Bev Deachin, vice president, Military Programs and Customer Support, Pratt & Whitney. "This is a special partnership with the Indian government and with Boeing. We look forward to helping strengthen India's aerospace capabilities and humanitarian efforts."
With this agreement, the Indian Air Force will have the second largest C-17 fleet in the world. Pratt & Whitney's F117 team will support India's C-17s through the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, a Performance-Based Logistics partnership between the U.S. Air Force, Boeing and Pratt & Whitney.
Four F117s provide exclusive power for the C-17 Globemaster III -- the world's premier heavy airlifter. The F117-PW-100 is a derivative of Pratt & Whitney's PW2037 commercial engine powering the Boeing 757. With more than 7 million hours of proven military service and 40 million hours in commercial use, the F117/PW2037 has consistently proven itself as a world-class dependable engine. Pratt & Whitney's ongoing investment in product improvements has enabled the engine to continuously surpass established goals for time on wing, in-flight shut downs and support turnaround time. "We are proud to include the Indian Air Force as a customer for the products, services and support that Pratt & Whitney provides," Deachin said. "This milestone is yet another testament to the superb dependability, reliability and performance of the C-17 and Pratt & Whitney's F117 engine, and our dedication to our customers' airlift mission."
Boeing has delivered 232 C-17s featuring F117 engines worldwide, including 22 with international customers. The U.S. Air Force – including active National Guard and Reserve units – has taken delivery of 210 C-17s. Other customers include the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force, the Qatar Emiri Air Force, the Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, and the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in the Globemaster III funding related to the C-17 aircraft and F117 engines, changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.