Boeing contracts for F117 maintenance

Oct. 20, 2008 at 2:57 PM

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Connecticut-based Pratt & Whitney has been contracted by Boeing to support engine maintenance for C-17 Globemaster heavy lift aircraft.

Boeing awarded Pratt & Whitney a one-year, $1.4 billion contract extension for F117 turbofan engine maintenance. Officials say the award comes with options for two additional years.

Under the deal Pratt & Whitney, which manufactures the F117 engine, will provide engine support and maintenance for a fleet of 800 engines. There are four F117 engines that power each C-17 Globemaster, a military aircraft used for strategic airlift of troops and cargo.

"This contract extension allows Pratt & Whitney's F117 team to continue meeting its customers' expectations in the areas of engine availability, reliability and maintainability while keeping its customers' fleets at a high level of readiness around the world," Bill Begert, Pratt & Whitney vice president of business development and international programs, said in a statement.

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