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Greece Pursuing F-16 Replacement Parts

Jul. 12, 2013 - 03:35PM   |  
By AARON MEHTA   |   Comments
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WASHINGTON — Greece is seeking to purchase spare engine parts for their F-16 fleet, a deal that could net Pratt & Whitney $250 million.

The announcement of a potential Foreign Military Sale to Greece was posted online by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Friday morning. Greece is seeking “spare parts and services” for their Pratt-designed F100-PW-229 engines, which power the F-16s of the Hellenic Air Force.

The potential package would include “Inlet/Fan Modules, Core Engine Modules, Rear Compressor Drive Turbines, Fan Drive Turbine Modules, Augmentor Duct and Nozzle Modules, and Gearbox Modules.”

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally,” the DSCA announcement reads. “The uninterrupted supply of spare parts and support will ensure the Hellenic Air Force sustains its aircraft fleet at the highest state of readiness to face any potential threats.”

“Pratt & Whitney is pleased to see the Congressional notification requesting the potential sale of spare parts and services in support of the F100-PW-229 engines,” Matthew Bates, Pratt spokesman, wrote in an emailed statement. “Pratt & Whitney is proud of our long partnership with the Hellenic Air Force in providing our dependable F100 family of engines and affordable readiness in support of their fleet of F-16 fighters. We hope to expand on this relationship by providing F100-PW-229 spare parts, services, associated equipment, training and logistical support.”

The F100 series of engines has accumulated more than 24 million flight hours over 22 countries, according to company figures.

The announcement comes less than a week after the July 7 crash of an Israeli F-16. Early reports have identified engine problems as a potential cause of the crash, although a formal investigation is on hold while divers attempt to recover pieces of the engine. The F100-PW-229 engine is used in F-15 and F-16 fighters around the world, including in the US Air Force.

Greece’s request also comes days after the government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras accepted a new round of emergency funding from other Eurozone countries, a deal contingent on implementing major job cuts to the civil service sector.

Given the long-lead on DSCA announcements, however, it is highly unlikely the announcement is related to either event.

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