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Pratt & Whitney Awarded F100 Engine Sustainment Contract for South Korea’s F-15s and F-16s

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Pratt & Whitney Awarded F100 Engine Sustainment Contract for South Korea’s F-15s and F-16s

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Pratt & Whitney Awarded F100 Engine Sustainment Contract for South Korea's F-15s and F-16s
Pratt & Whitney Awarded F100 Engine Sustainment Contract for South Korea's F-15s and F-16s

Pratt & Whitney, an RTX business, was awarded an F100 engine performance-based logistics (PBL) sustainment contract by South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). This contract, with a base value of $355 million, is the third consecutive PBL contract Pratt & Whitney and DAPA have signed since 2012, offering on-going maintenance support for the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (ROKAF) F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons. This contract is the latest initiative in an enduring partnership between Pratt & Whitney, DAPA and ROKAF, and it will support more efficient depot planning and improve overall fleet readiness through long-term material forecasting. Sustainment work began in December of 2023 and will run through the second half of 2027.

“For just over a decade, we have worked with DAPA on these performance-based logistics contracts to establish a more strategic sustainment solution for the ROKAF fighter fleet,” said Chris Johnson, vice president of Fighter and Mobility Programs at Pratt & Whitney. “These contracts are a win-win for both customers and industry because they offer more efficient affordability and availability.”

Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagle multirole strike fighter.
Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K Slam Eagle multirole strike fighter. (Photo by ROKAF)

The Pratt & Whitney F100 (company designation JTF22) is an afterburning turbofan engine designed and manufactured by Pratt & Whitney to power the U.S. Air Force’s “FX” initiated in 1965, which became the F-15 Eagle. The engine was to be developed in tandem with the F401 which shares a similar core but with the fan upscaled for the U.S. Navy’s F-14 Tomcat, although the F401 was later abandoned due to costs and reliability issues. The F100 would also power the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the Air Force’s Lightweight Fighter (LWF) program.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. RTX is the world’s largest aerospace and defense company. With more than 185,000 global employees, the company push the limits of technology and science to redefine how the company connect and protect our world. Through industry-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon – we are advancing aviation, engineering integrated defense systems for operational success, and developing next-generation technology solutions and manufacturing to help global customers address their most critical challenges. The company, with 2023 sales of $68.9 billion, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 multirole fighter aircraft
Republic of Korea Air Force KF-16 multirole fighter aircraft. (Photo by ROKAF)

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