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ALLISON TEAMS WITH PRATT & WHITNEY TO DEVELOP PROPULSION FOR THE NAVY'S AX AIRCRAFT

 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors' Allison Gas Turbine Division and United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney (P&W) signed an agreement today to form a teaming arrangement to develop the propulsion system for the U.S. Navy and Air Force's advanced medium attack weapon system aircraft, the AX.
 The AX is intended to be a replacement for the services' aging A-6 and F-111 aircraft.
 "Joining forces affords us the opportunity to compete more effectively and provide the very best powerplant to the U.S. Navy," said F. Blake Wallace, vice president and general manager of Allison.
 "This arrangement unifies the complementary resources of two major propulsion manufacturers and affords enhanced responsiveness to all competitive prototyping teams," said John P. Balaguer, president of P&W's Government Engines & Space Propulsion (GESP). "The formation of the team demonstrates our strong support and commitment to the AX program," he added.
 P&W, lead contractor for development of the AX propulsion system, will have overall responsibility for the powerplant. Allison will team with GESP on various engine components for the AX engine and future derivatives. Allison brings to the team extensive advanced technology gas turbine experience, through product knowledge and understanding of the customer's requirements.
 The teaming arrangement gives Allison 25 percent of the work for each phase of the program: demonstration and validation, engineering and manufacturing development, and production and deployment. The companies will finalize all terms and conditions of a formal teaming agreement prior to submitting the first AX engine proposal early this year.
 P&W/Allison's propulsion system candidate for the AX is the PW7000. The engine's turbomachinery incorporates technologies developed from the F119-PW-100 engine, the Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technology and Advanced Turbine Engine Gas Generator programs, and other advanced research. The powerplant provides the thrust, range and fuel burn required by the AX weapon system. Advanced technology inlets and nozzles will be incorporated to meet operational requirements.
 The PW7000 is a propulsion candidate for all of the five weapon system contractor teams competing to build the AX.
 Allison Gas Turbine, a division of General Motors Corporation, located in Indianapolis, designs, develops and manufactures turbine engines for aerospace, industrial and marine applications.
 Pratt & Whitney's GESP unit, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., designs, develops and supports military jet engines and space propulsion systems. Pratt & Whitney is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) of Hartford, Conn.
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 /CONTACT: Eric Dickerson of Allison Gas Turbine, 317-230-4021; or Robert Carroll of Pratt & Whitney, 407-796-7885/


CO: Pratt & Whitney; Allison Gas Turbine ST: Florida, Indiana IN: ARO SU: JVN

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