Pratt & Whitney awarded $1.4 billion contract

Pratt & Whitney has received a $1.4 billion contract to produce 240 F117-PW-100 engines for the US Air Force’s Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic aircraft.

The contract is said to cover 240 engines, along with associated spares and support services, to be delivered between 2004 and 2007.

Four F117-PW-100 engines power each C-17. The F117 is a military version of P&W’s commercial PW2000 engine, which has been in service for nearly 20 years on the Boeing 757.

One of the few differences between the commercial PW2000 and the F117 is that the F117 has a reverse thrust system that can be deployed in flight for tactical descents. It also enables the aircraft to back up a two-degree incline and make tight turns on the ground.

F117 engines are said to have logged more than one million flight hours since their entry into service in September 1991. To date, P&W has delivered more than 520 F117 engines to the US Air Force.

The US Air Force has ordered 180 C-17s, including 60 aircraft placed on order in June 2002.