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PRATT & WHITNEY-POWERED IL-96M UNVEILED IN MOSCOW

 MOSCOW, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ilyushin IL-96M aircraft, equipped with four Pratt & Whitney PW2337 engines and avionics by Rockwell Collins, made its public debut today during a rollout ceremony at the Ilyushin Design Bureau in Moscow. The event was hosted by Genrikh V. Novozhilov, general designer at the Ilyushin Design Bureau.
 The IL-96M will make its first flight in April, commencing the start of a two-year flight test program. The aircraft will be certified in 1995 in the Commonwealth of Independent States and approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration according to a bilateral airworthiness certification program.
 "This is a proud day for all of us at Pratt & Whitney," said John S. Carney, Pratt & Whitney vice president-marketing for the CIS and Eastern Europe. "Today's rollout marks a milestone both in Pratt & Whitney's warm partnership with Ilyushin and in the growing relationship between the CIS and the United States."
 Pratt & Whitney is providing 10 PW2337 propulsion systems for two IL-96M certification and development aircraft. Six propulsion systems have been delivered. The PW2337, a member of Pratt & Whitney's PW2000 engine family, produces 37,000 pounds of thrust for the IL-96M.
 Ilyushin and Pratt & Whitney signed an initial basic agreement to pursue the IL-96M program at the 1991 Paris Air Show. The P&W-powered IL-96M will fly at this year's Paris Air Show in June.
 The IL-96M is a wide-body, long-range transport that will carry 318 passengers on non-stop routes of up to 11,500 kilometers (6,200 miles). A larger version of the recently certified IL-96-300, the IL-96M features a two-person cockpit and can be configured for cargo operations. To date, letters of intent for 30 IL-96M aircraft have been received from Russia International Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways and Far East Aviation.
 Pratt & Whitney is the exclusive engine supplier for the IL-96M, which in
turn is the newest application for the PW2000. Pratt &


Whitney's mid-size engine, ranging in thrust from 34,000 to 43,000 pounds of thrust, has accumulated more than five million hours on the Boeing 757. The PW2000's military variant, the F117-PW-100, is the sole powerplant for the U.S. Air Force's C-17A cargo transport. Pratt & Whitney has delivered approximately 680 PW2000 and F117 engines to customers around the world.
 Pratt & Whitney is joined in the PW2000 program by three European partners: MTU of Germany, Volvo Flygmotor of Sweden and FiatAvio of Italy.
 "The IL-96M represents an exciting new market for the PW2000," said Carney. "We're confident of the market prospects for this beautiful aircraft and look forward to presenting it to the worldwide aviation industry at the Paris Air Show."
 In addition to Novozhilov and Carney, today's ceremony was attended by officials of the Russian and American governments and representatives from Rockwell Collins and other western suppliers and partners.
 Pratt & Whitney is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), based in Hartford, Conn.
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