FARNBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - July 9, 2012 -- The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has purchased F110-GE-129D engines to power its 12 new Lockheed Martin advanced F-16 Block 50 aircraft. Engine deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2013.
"Oman first selected F110 power for its F-16 aircraft in March 2002. We are honored by the RAFO's selection of F110 power," said Joe Guenther, general manager of the F110 program. "This follow-on buy is indicative of the RAFO's confidence in the F110 and the capabilities it can deliver for Oman's demanding missions."
The F110-GE-129D engine configuration is designed for lowest possible cost of ownership and unsurpassed single-engine safety. Incorporating the latest Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) engine technologies, the propulsion system will also provide the RAFO with 6,000 Total Accumulated Cycle interval capability for scheduled maintenance - a 40% increase over previous designs. Qualified in 2011, the F110-GE-129D engine also provides longer time on wing and improved spares levels for enhanced mission readiness.
More than 3,000 F110 engines have been ordered worldwide since initial selection by the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1984, making it the best-selling engine for Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighter aircraft. In addition to the USAF, 11 international forces fly F110-powered aircraft.
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