Pratt & Whitney has been awarded a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract to support maintenance of the F100 turbofan engines powering the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (ROKAF) fighter aircraft fleet.
Under the terms of $300m PBL contract, the company will provide support for a total of 230 engines powering the ROKAF’s Lockheed Martin-built F-16 Fighting Falcon and Boeing F-15K Slam Eagle fighter aircraft.
More specifically, the company will deliver significant support for the engines in the intermediate engine shops and at the depot level maintenance under the five-year parts and repair services programme.
Pratt & Whitney Military Business Development and Aftermarket Services vice president Howie Chandler said the company has delivered reliable engines and affordable readiness in support of ROKAF fighter jet fleet as part of a decades-long partnership.
"We look forward to expanding our level of support to the Republic of Korea Air Force’s fighter engines, further improving our position as a premier fleet management provider for military aircraft engine fleets around the globe," Chandler added.
With more than 24 million combat hours, the Pratt & Whitney F100 is an afterburning turbofan engine providing advanced, reliable power for the F-15 Eagle and F-16 aircraft belonging to more than 23 air forces worldwide, including the US Air Force (USAF).
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Over 7,200 F100 engines have been manufactured by the company to date for single-engine fighter applications, in addition to the F135 engine for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF), F117 for the C-17 Globemaster, as well as F119 for the F-22 Raptor aircraft.
A total of 60 F-15K and approximately 170 F-16 aircraft are currently used by ROKAF for fighter-bomber and fighter-trainer missions.
Image: A Pratt & Whitney F100 engine for an F-15 Eagle aircraft. Photo: US Air Force photo by Sue Sapp.