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PRATT & WHITNEY RECEIVES 54 PERCENT OF AIR FORCE FIGHTER ENGINE CONTRACT

 PRATT & WHITNEY RECEIVES 54 PERCENT
 OF AIR FORCE FIGHTER ENGINE CONTRACT
 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force today announced that Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines will comprise 54 percent of its annual fighter engine buy to power 12 F-16s and one F-15E. The total order for 14 PW-229s is worth approximately $50 million.
 "The entire Pratt & Whitney team can be proud of its efforts to meet U.S. Air Force requirements," said John P. Balaguer, president of Pratt & Whitney Government Engines & Space Propulsion. "We are very pleased the Air Force has again chosen F100 engines to power both the F-16 and F-15E.
 "I feel today's announcement reflects our customer's continued confidence in the PW-229 following its operational introduction into the U.S. Air Force in 1991. The PW-229 continues to demonstrate its superb performance and operability," explained Balaguer.
 "Other key factors that helped in this selection include the dependable performance and exceptional durability of all F100 engines in service with the Air Force, as well as this year's competitive offer. Based upon its operational performance and dependability, we expect the PW-229 to improve on the outstanding record established by previous F100 models," Balaguer said.
 In addition to service with the U.S. Air Force, the PW-229 has become a key competitor in the international market. The Republic of Korea chose the PW-229 to power the Korean Fighter Program after an intense competition. Finland and Turkey are currently evaluating candidate engines for new F-16s, including the PW-229. And Saudi Arabia, which operates F100-powered F-15s, is seeking U.S. Government approval to purchase additional F-15s and is considering future acquisition of F-16s.
 More than 5,800 Pratt & Whitney F100 engines have been delivered worldwide to power all F-15s and 70 percent of F-16s in service. The F100 engine has established the best safety and reliability records of any Air Force fighter engine and was recently singled out by the service for its outstanding performance during Operation Desert Storm.
 F100s have accumulated more than nine million flight hours since the engine was introduced into operational service in 1974. Pratt & Whitney-powered F-15s and F-16s have achieved the best fighter safety records in U.S. Air Force history and the highest mission capable rates of all fighter aircraft now in service.
 The PW-229 offers higher thrust while maintaining the same overall dimensions of earlier F100 models. The PW-229 fits all existing F-15 or F-16 fighters without significant modification.
 Pratt & Whitney Government Engines & Space Propulsion, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., designs, develops and supports military jet engines and space propulsion products. Pratt & Whitney is a unit of United Technologies Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Robert G.H. Carroll III of Pratt & Whitney, 407-796-7885/ CO: Pratt & Whitney ST: Florida IN: ARO SU: CON


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