EAST HARTFORD, Conn., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In an announcement made today, Boeing said it is offering the Pratt & Whitney-powered NewGen Tanker as its platform for the U.S. Air Force's KC-X recapitalization program. Boeing's proposal calls for the NewGen Tanker to be powered by Pratt & Whitney's PW4062 engine. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp.(NYSE: UTX) company.
"Pratt & Whitney is honored to partner with Boeing on the NewGen platform to be offered as America's next generation of tankers for the U.S. Air Force's KC-X program," said Bill Begert, Pratt & Whitney Vice President of Military Business Development and Aftermarket Services. "The PW4000 engine has an exceptional track record of performance and reliability with numerous commercial customers operating the engine globally. We are confident it will meet Boeing and the U.S. Air Force's performance requirements and expectations."
Pratt & Whitney has delivered more than 2,500 PW4000-94" commercial engines that collectively have logged more than 100 million flight hours on commercial aircraft around the world. The PW4062 is the highest thrust model in Pratt & Whitney's PW4000-94" commercial engine family and is offered for both commercial freighter and military tanker applications. Two PW4062 engines, each delivering 62,000 pounds of thrust, will power The Boeing Company's NewGen Tanker.
The PW4000 family of engines includes models with thrust ratings ranging from 52,000 pounds to 98,000 pounds. These engines have an outstanding safety record, high reliability, excellent performance and low maintenance costs. The PW4000 family meets all required emissions and noise regulations, and offers superior fuel economy and maintainability. The PW4000-94" engine operates commercially on Boeing 747, 767 and MD-11 aircraft and the Airbus A300/310 series.