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TAIWAN FORMALIZED AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE 150 F-16 FIGHTERS POWERED BY PRATT & WHITNEY'S F100-PW-220 ENGINE

 TAIWAN FORMALIZED AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE 150 F-16 FIGHTERS
 POWERED BY PRATT & WHITNEY'S F100-PW-220 ENGINE
 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Taiwan today formalized an agreement with the U.S. Government to purchase 150 F-16 fighter aircraft to be powered by Pratt & Whitney's F100-PW-220 engine. The initial announcement was made in early September.
 The order for approximately 180 engines, spares and support equipment, is estimated to have a potential value to P&W of up to $1 billion over the life of the program. Engines are schedule to be delivered from the last quarter of 1996 until the end of the decade.
 "We are very pleased that Pratt & Whitney will power Taiwan's new F-16 A/B fighter," said John P. Balaguer, president of P&W's Government Engines & Space Propulsion (GESP) unit. "The 220 model embodies state- of-the-art technology derived from our newest generation of fighter powerplants."
 Technologies, parts and components developed for the F100-PW-229 engine and incorporated into the F100-PW-220 consist of the Improved Digital Electronic Engine Control, the modular Light-Off Detector; color-coded electrical harnesses, improved fan variable vane synchronizing system, low pressure turbine blade cast-to-size shrouds and advanced turbine cooling schemes. Future enhancements for the engine will be integrated into production as new technologies are developed.
 The F100, with more than 9 million flying hours, is the most mature, reliable and durable fighter engine in the world. It remains the engine of choice for 100 percent of the world's F-15 fighters and 70 percent of the F-16s.
 Today's purchase makes Taiwan the 17th country to select the P&W F100 engine.
 Additional sales of F100 engines are pending. Saudi Arabia is expected to purchase a new fleet of F-15s powered by P&W engines. Both Greek and Israeli air forces are evaluating the F100 engine to power additional F-16 aircraft.
 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: R.G.H. Carroll of Pratt & Whitney, 407-796-7885/ CO: Pratt & Whitney; Taiwan Government ST: Florida IN: ARO SU:


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