Honeywell to Supply F124-GA-200 Engines to Israel

06.09.2012 MENA
Honeywell to Supply F124-GA-200 Engines to Israel

Honeywell to Supply F124-GA-200 Engines to Israel

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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 aftermarket support.

The purchase of the F124-powered M-346 by the IMOD comes at a time when numerous defense 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.

As part of the contract, Honeywell will also provide spare parts and a comprehensive maintenance and support program to the IMOD, to maximize asset availability and reduce unplanned grounding time.

Massimo Lucchesini, Chief Operating Officer, Operations, Alenia Aermacchi, said: “The F124 is a core element of the M-346 platform, giving pilots unrestricted surge-free use of the engines they need to train in the widest possible range of flight conditions. It offers best-in-class thrust-to-weight ratio, providing afterburner-like agility coupled with exceptionally low fuel consumption. This enables the M-346 to deliver combat aircraft levels of performance, while providing the operator with unrivalled low life-cycle cost and high reliability and safety.”

Juan Picon, Vice-President D&S International, Honeywell Aerospace and ITEC Chairman of the Board, said: “Our customers tell us that when it comes to training, safety and flexibility are key priorities. This is where our F124 engine sets itself apart, helping the M-346 establish itself as one of the most dynamic training aircraft on the market today.”

The F124 engine offers a number of key benefits including:

  • Maximum performance for training flexibility: The F124 produces over 6,000 pounds of thrust for high acceleration in high-speed training environments and to simulate the widest possible range of modern fighter aircraft.
  • Ease of maintenance and low cost: The F124 continuously monitors its own health status, providing engineers with diagnostic information to assist in maintenance planning and cost management. Because of its modular design, replacement of many key components can be completed easily on the tarmac to reduce grounding and maintenance manpower requirements.
  • Safety: The F124 is designed to be highly resistant to midair engine cutouts such as surges or stalls, and further improves safety through a number of automated control systems that reduce pilot workload and help keep the pilot focused on flying the aircraft.


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