Honeywell to provide F124 engine to Israel MoD
Honeywell announced on 5 September that it has signed a contract to supply its F124-GA-200 turbofan engine to the Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) at a cost of $735 million.
The engines will be installed on the Israel Defence Force’s new 30-strong Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Advanced Jet Trainer fleet.
The deal was signed between Honeywell on behalf of the International Turbine Engine Company - a joint-venture between Honeywell, AIDC and NDIDF; the Israel MoD, and TOR - an Israeli joint-venture between Elbit Systems and Israeli Aerospace Industries.
According to Honeywell, the F124-GA-200 engines offer 'proven propulsion performance and reliability'. The engines provides Over 6,000lbs of thrust to reproduce high acceleration, high speed training environments and simulate a wide range of modern fighter aircraft. The engine also brings logistical advantages, monitoring its own health status, providing engineers with diagnostic information to assist in maintenance-planning and cost management; and is designed to be highly resistant to mid-air engine cut-outs such as surges or stalls.
Israel is the fifth nation to select the F124/125 family, addition to Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Italy and Singapore. Honeywell will also provide spare parts and a comprehensive maintenance and support programme to the Israel MoD, to maximise asset availability and reduce unplanned grounding time.
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