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First F117 engines for India’s C-17 aircraft delivered

5th February 2013 - 14:36 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Pratt & Whitney has delivered the first 10 F117 engines to Boeing that will power the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. Boeing is the lead for the programme, which will see ten C-17 Globemaster III aircraft acquired for the IAF via a foreign military sale with the US government.

The IAF will receive the first five C-17 aircraft in 2013, with the remaining five scheduled for delivery in 2014. The first of these C-17 aircraft is now going through a US Air Force flight test programme at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, California.

Each C-17 Globemaster III is powered by four F117 engines, each rated at 40,440 pounds of thrust.  The F117-PW-100 is a derivative of Pratt & Whitney's PW2040 commercial engine. The F117/PW2040 engine has nearly 10 million hours of proven military service and 50 million hours in commercial use.

The C-17 transport, exclusively powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, is capable of taking off from a 7,600-foot airfield, carrying a payload of 160,600 pounds, and completing a flight of 2,400 nautical miles without refuelling.

Bev Deachin, vice president, military programs and customer support, Pratt & Whitney, said: ‘Pratt & Whitney is delighted to be delivering the first batch of engines that will power the Indian Air Force's C-17 fleet and we're pleased to have them join the growing international fleet that flies this premium airlifter.’

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