LONDON, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW -- Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has delivered the first four F117 engines for the Indian Air Force to power its fleet of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. India's Ministry of Defence signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government in 2011 to acquire 10 C-17s. India will take delivery of its first C-17s in mid 2013.
"Pratt & Whitney is pleased to deliver the first four F117 engines for the Indian Air Force's C-17 program," said Bev Deachin, vice president, Military Programs and Customer Support, Pratt & Whitney. "We look forward to a continued partnership with India as we complete the remaining F117 engines to fulfill this contract."
Four F117s provide exclusive power for the C-17 Globemaster III, the world's premier heavy airlifter. The F117-PW-100 is the sister engine of Pratt & Whitney's PW2040 commercial engine, which powers the Boeing 757. With more than 50 million hours of proven military and commercial use, the F117/PW2037 has 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.
Boeing has delivered 244 C-17s featuring F117 engines worldwide, including 28 to international customers. The U.S. Air Force – including active National Guard and Reserve units – has taken delivery of 216 C-17s. Other customers include the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force, the Qatar Emiri Air Force, the Royal 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.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
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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.
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