Pratt & Whitney (P&W), a United Technologies subsidiary, has been selected by Boeing to provide the first of four F117-PW-100 engines to power the C-17 Globemaster III heavy airlifter for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The selection of the engines follows the recent signing of a Letter of Offer and Acceptance between India and the US for the procurement of ten C-17s after the aircraft met all IAF requirements during rigorous field evaluation trials.
Pratt & Whitney Military Programs and Customer Support vice-president Bev Deachin said: "The F117 is suited for a wide range of operating environments and conditions and it has demonstrated superb performance and reliability from the Antarctic to the deserts of the Middle East."
The high-wing, four-engine, T-tailed Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military airlift aircraft is capable of carrying payloads up to 169,000lb (76,657kg) and has international range and the ability to land on small airfields.
The airlifter’s integrated electronic cockpit and advanced cargo system can accommodate a crew of three including the pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster to operate all systems on various missions.
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The C-17 airlifter is used to carry a wide range of vehicles, palleted cargo, paratroops, air-drop loads and aeromedical evacuees.
Boeing has delivered C-17s with F117 engines to the air forces of the US, the UK, Qatar, Canada, UAE, and Australia as well as to
Nato’s 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative and Partnership for Peace nations.
The four F117-PW-100 engines will be delivered in the second quarter of 2012, while the first C-17 airlifter will be delivered to India by 2013.
Image Caption: The high-wing, four-engine, T-tailed Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military airlift aircraft has international range and the ability to land on small airfields.