Monday, October 02, 2023

Pratt & Whitney’s engine technology: Powering India’s Air Force and beyond

More than 7,000 Pratt & Whitney military engines are in service with 34 armed forces worldwide, powering tactical, strategic and mobility aircraft. The 5th Generation F135 for the F-35 fighter is the most powerful and most advanced fighter engine in the world. The F135 evolved from the proven F119 engine and offers the same operational pedigree with proven stealth capabilities. “In fact, we saw the F135 powered F-35s in action for the first time in India as they flew over the skies of Bengaluru during Aero India 2023,” says Ashmita Sethi, president and country head, Pratt & Whitney, India (UTCIPL).

Adding: “We are proud to power today’s most advanced mobility and tactical aircraft, and we are advancing engine technology to provide the next generation of engine technology for tomorrow’s defense needs.”

In an exclusive interaction with Financial Express Online ahead of the 91st Air Force Day later this week, Ashmita Sethi, president and country head, Pratt & Whitney, India (UTCIPL) says: “We currently power nearly 90 aircraft for the Indian Air Force – from the PT6A powered 75 PC-7s to the 11 F117 powered Boeing C-17 Globemasters. In fact, with the 56 twin PW127G powered Airbus C295 aircraft that the Indian Air Force (IAF) will induct over the next few years, Pratt & Whitney will truly be the engine power supporting the Indian Air Force’s transport fleet modernization.”

02/10/2023  Huma Siddqui/Financial Express

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