Italian Air Force opts for P&W

Pratt & Whitney has recently received a $45 million contract to perform fleet management tasks for F100-PW-220E engines that power Italian Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney (P&W) has recently received a $45 million contract to perform fleet management tasks for F100-PW-220E engines that power F-16 fighters operated by the Italian Air Force (ItAF).

The contract, released from the US Air Force (USAF), is said to represent P&W’s most comprehensive fleet management agreement in support of an international F100 engine customer.

According to a statement, the contract covers activities through the year 2010. The ItAF had elected to outsource the fleet management for their F-16 engines as the most effective approach to supporting F-16 operations in Italy, and subsequently selected P&W for this support.

Under the terms of the contract, P&W will be paid a fixed dollar amount per engine flight hour. In return, P&W will provide complete support of the engines on the flight line, the intermediate engine shop, and at the depot level.

Material, technical support, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, repair and repair management, and program management will be provided by a team of P&W employees located both in Italy and in the US.

Lloyd ‘Fig’ Newton, vice president of business development and international programs, P&W said that the contract represents an important strategic milestone for P&W.

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