The Boeing Company has reached an agreement with Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation, for the price and terms under which it will supply engines for the KC-767 Advanced Tanker. As a result, Pratt & Whitney becomes eligible to supply its PW4062 engines if Boeing is awarded the U.S. Air Force KC-X contract later this year.
"With more than 80 years of experience meeting the U.S. Air Force's engine needs, it makes sense to use Pratt & Whitney as an engine provider for the next generation tanker," said Ron Marcotte, vice president and general manager of Boeing Global Mobility Systems. "This high-performance, extremely reliable engine will allow future tanker aircrews to operate out of short-runway airfields and provide them maximum fuel offload performance."
Boeing's agreement with Pratt & Whitney followed a best-value competition that focused on engine technical requirements like enhanced thrust and fuel efficiency, as well as logistics support, acquisition and total ownership cost, management and past performance factors. Pratt & Whitney's engines can be found on many commercial airplanes including Boeing's 747-400 and 767, and various military aircraft like the C-17, F-15 and KC-135.
"The Air Force needs the most capable, advanced engine to power its KC-X Tanker, and the PW4062 answers that critical requirement," said William Begert, vice president, international programs and business development, Pratt & Whitney. "We're proud to have reached agreement with Boeing and eager to help win this competition."