KC-46 engine contract signed
Boeing and Pratt & Whitney have signed the contract that will see Pratt & Witney supply the PW4062 engine to power Boeing's KC-46, the US Air Force's new airlift tanker. The signing was held at Boeing's Tanker Programme Office in Mukilteo, Washington.
Two Pratt & Whitney PW4062 engines, each with a 94-inch fan blade diameter, will exclusively power each US Air Force KC-46 aircraft. The program's scope, if fully exercised, calls for as many as 368 PW4062 engines to be delivered between 2013 and 2027. Actual production engine procurement quantities will be determined over the life of the programme as established by future purchase orders.
Pratt & Whitney has delivered more than 2,500 PW4000-94" engines that have collectively logged nearly 110 million flight hours on commercial aircraft around the world. The PW4062 is the highest thrust model in Pratt & Whitney's PW4000-94" commercial engine family and is offered for both commercial freighter and military tanker applications. The two PW4062 engines that will power the KC-46 each deliver 62,000 pounds of thrust.
The PW4000 engine family has an outstanding safety record, high reliability, excellent performance and low maintenance costs. The PW4000-94" family meets emissions and noise regulations, and offers superior fuel economy and maintainability. The PW4000-94" engine operates commercially on the Boeing 767, MD-11 and earlier Boeing 747 models.
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