Pratt & Whitney has been awarded a performance-based material management program (MMP) contract to support the Royal Norwegian Air Force's (RoNAF) F100-PW-220E afterburning turbofan engine fleet.
Awarded by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO), the contract covers material forecasting, item repair management, and the supply of operational, intermediate and depot-level spare parts.
The contract represents the second MMP deal for the company, and follows a similar contract awarded in February 2010 by NDLO to support RoNAF's F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet readiness objectives for the next four years.
Pratt & Whitney Military Business Development and International Programs vice-president Howie Chandler said, "This agreement builds on a strong 30-year relationship Pratt & Whitney has with the Royal Norwegian Air Force on the F100 engine powering their F-16 fighters."
Norwegian Defence Logistics Organization F-16 maintenance commander lieutenant colonel Jorn Hoelsaether said the air force observed a good improvement in available serviceable engines since the beginning of the MMP programme.
"This program has resulted in an increased mission availability rate and supports my ability to reach the annual flying hour goal of the Norwegian Air Force," Hoelsaether said.
An upgraded version of the F-100 engine, the F100-PW-220E, features a full-authority digital electronic engine control (DEEC) system, enhanced augmentor operability and precision control, and produces comparable thrust and improved response over its predecessor.
Work under the contract is scheduled to be carried out over the next four years.
Manufactured by General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin, the F-16 Fighting Falcon was initially designed as an air superiority day fighter, but later evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft for precise delivery of ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.
Besides Norway, the aircraft is also operational with the air forces of Israel, Egypt, New Zealand, South Korea, Chile, Poland, UAE, Bahrain, Greece, Singapore and the US armed forces.
Image: The F100-PW-220E engine powers the Royal Norwegian Air Force's F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Pratt & Whitney.