March 20, 2002
EVENDALE, OHIO - The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has selected GE's F110 fighter engine to power its new fleet of 12 Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft in an engine contract valued at more than $50 million.
Oman becomes the 10th country to select the F110 engine family for its F-16 fighter fleet. More than 2,500 F110 engines have been ordered worldwide since the engine was first selected by the U.S. Air Force in 1984. Oman selected the F110-GE-129 model (rated at 29,000 pounds of thrust), which first entered operational service with the USAF F-16 fleet in 1992. F110 engine deliveries to the RAFO will begin in 2004.
"We are very gratified and delighted with the RAFO's confidence in GE with its selection of the F110 engine," said Russ Sparks, vice president and general manager of GE Aircraft Engines' Military Engine Operations (GEAE). "We look forward to providing our support to the new engine fleet."
GEAE, a division of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE
), is the world's leading manufacturer of jet engines for military and civil aircraft, including engines produced by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of Snecma Moteurs of France and GE. GEAE also manufactures gas turbines, derived from its highly successful jet engine programs, for marine and industrial applications. In addition, GEAE provides comprehensive maintenance support, through its GE Engine Services operation, for GE and non-GE jet engines in service throughout the world. Visit GEAE online at http://www.geae.com