EAST HARTFORD, Conn., 25 July 2012. Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has delivered to the Indian Air Force the first four F117 engines to power its fleet of Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft.
In 2011, India's Ministry of Defence signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government to acquire 10 C-17s. India will take delivery of its first C-17s in mid 2013.
"Pratt & Whitney is pleased to deliver the first four F117 engines for the Indian Air Force's C-17 program," says Bev Deachin, vice president, Military Programs and Customer Support, Pratt & Whitney.
With more than 50 million hours of proven military and commercial use, the F117/PW2037 has proven itself as a world-class, dependable engine, says a company spokesperson.
Boeing has delivered 244 C-17s with F117 engines worldwide, including 28 to international customers. The U.S. Air Force, including active National Guard and Reserve units, has taken delivery of 216 C-17s. Other customers include the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force, the Qatar Emiri Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations, and the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence.