India Receives 1st P&W-powered C-17 Aircraft
India recently received its first C-17 Globemaster III, powered exclusively by four Pratt & Whitney F117 engines. India is slated to receive a total of 10 C-17s by 2014 and plans to use the planes to quickly move material and troops. The Indian Air Force received the C-17 during a ceremony at Boeing's final assembly site in Long Beach, Calif., on June 11.
Pratt & Whitney has delivered 24 F117 engines so far to Boeing to power the fleet of C-17 aircraft for India. "We are proud to power the C-17s being purchased by India," said Bev Deachin, vice president, Military Programs and Customer Support at Pratt & Whitney. "We are confident the Indian Air Force will benefit from our world-class F117 engines supporting the C-17's outstanding airlift capabilities. I congratulate and thank our employees for producing and delivering these engines."
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Each of four F117 engines on the C-17 is rated at 40,440 pounds of thrust which enables the aircraft to carry a payload of 164,900 pounds and fly 2,400 nautical miles without refueling. The F117 first entered service in 1993 and is a derivative of Pratt & Whitney's PW2040 commercial engine. With more than 10 million hours of proven military service and 50 million hours in commercial use, the F117/PW2040 has consistently proven itself as a world-class dependable engine. Through Pratt & Whitney's ongoing investment in product improvements, the engine continuously surpasses established goals of time on wing and support turnaround time.
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