Pratt & Whitney agreed to 15-year, fixed-price fleet management program (FMP) with the Israeli Ministry of Defense, providing “100% daily propulsion readiness” for the Israeli Air Force’s fleet of F-15I and F-16I aircraft. The coverage will begin January 1, 2016, and P&W will manage material forecasting, item repair management and provisioning of operational, intermediate and depot-level spare parts for all of the IAF's F100-PW-229 engines.
The F100-PW-229 is an afterburning turbofan engine used by air forces around the world to power fighter aircraft.
The F-15I is a variant of the F-15E Strike Eagle multipurpose strike fighter, developed by McDonnell Douglas and built now by Boeing, and customized for the IAF as a dual-seat ground attack aircraft powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines.
The F-16I is the IAF’s customized variant of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, built now by Lockheed Martin. It is a single-engine multipurpose fighter.
"The Israeli Air Force and Israeli Ministry of Defense have enjoyed a decades-long relationship with Pratt & Whitney, over which time they have earned our confidence and trust," stated Aharon Marmarosh, director of the Israel Mission to the United States. "Because of Pratt & Whitney's expertise and track record of high-performance on our prior material management program, we felt confident in working with them on a full 15-year FMP program."
The length of the agreement, which Pratt & Whitney described as “unprecedented” for an FMP, will provide efficiency and cost savings while ensuring daily readiness for the customer. This will be the longest, most comprehensive performance-based logistics contract yet implemented for a Pratt & Whitney fighter engine to date.
"This contract sets a new benchmark for our military customers," stated Bennett Croswell, president, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines.