Honey­well bags engine con­tract from Is­rael

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Honey­well, as part of the In­ter­na­tional Tur­bine Engine Com­pany LLC, has signed a con­tract to sup­ply its F124-GA-200 tur­bo­fan en­gines for the Is­rael Min­istry of De­fense’s (IMOD) new 30-strong Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi M-346 Mas­ter ad­vanced jet trainer fleet. The con­tract is worth ap­prox­i­mately $735 mil­lion and in­cludes engine sup­ply and af­ter-mar­ket sup­port.

The pur­chase of the F124-pow­ered M-346 by the IMOD comes at a time when nu­mer­ous de­fence de­part­ments, in­clud­ing that of the United States, are eval­u­at­ing new train­ing plat­forms to sim­u­late the lat­est fighter air­craft such as the F-22, F-35, Eurofighter, Gripen and Rafale.

With more than 7,00,000 flight hours across the en­tire F124/F125 engine fam­ily to date, the F124-GA-200 en­gines will de­liver proven and re­li­able propul­sion per­for­mance to the IMOD’s M-346 fleet.

The F124/F125 fam­ily is now se­lected by five in­ter­na­tional de­fence de­part­ments, with op­er­a­tional sta­tus on Tai­wan’s In­dige­nous De­fense Fighter and the Czech Air Force’s L159 light com­bat air­craft. The F124 will also power M-346 fleets re­cently pur­chased by the Ital­ian Air Force and Repub­lic of Sin­ga­pore Air Force when they en­ter ser­vice in 2013.

The deal was signed be­tween Honey­well on be­half of the In­ter­na­tional Tur­bine Engine Com­pany LLC, a joint ven­ture be­tween Honey­well, AIDC and NDIDF; the IMOD; and TOR, an Is­raeli joint ven­ture be­tween El­bit Sys­tems and Is­raeli Aero­space In­dus­tries.

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