Monday, July 9, 2012
Royal Air Force of Oman Purchased F110-GE-129D Engines
GE on Monday began its first day at the 2012 Farnborough Air Show announcing a purchase of its F110-GE-129D engines by the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO).
RAFO will use the engines to power its 12 new Lockheed Martin-enhanced F-16 Block 50 aircraft. GE said it expects to deliver the engines in 2013. The F110-GE-129D’s propulsion system will provide RAFO with 6,000 total accumulated cycle interval capability for scheduled maintenance.
“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 Oman’s 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.”
Including Oman and the U.S. Air Force, 11 international air force units fly aircraft powered by F110 engines. GE also announced plans Monday to study advanced technologies for next-generation engines to power Boeing’s next generation 777.