Honeywell, as part of the International Turbine Engine Company LLC, has signed a contract to supply its F124-GA-200 turbofan engines for the Israel Ministry of Defense’s (IMOD) new 30-strong Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainer fleet. The contract is worth approximately $735 million and includes engine supply and aftermarket support.
The F124 engine delivers the IMOD a number of key benefits. The engine boasts maximum performance for training flexibility, producing over 6,000 pounds of thrust for high acceleration in high-speed training environments to simulate the widest possible range of modern fighter aircraft.
There is an ease of maintenance and low cost, as the engine continuously monitors its own health status and provides engineers with diagnostic information to assist in maintenance planning and cost management. Safety is also key, as the F124 is designed to be highly resistant to midair engine cutouts, such as surges or stalls, and includes automated control systems that reduce pilot workload to help keep the pilot focused on flying the aircraft.
The purchase of the F124-powered M-346 by the IMOD comes at a time when numerous defense departments, including that of the United States, are evaluating new training platforms to simulate the latest fighter aircraft such as the F-22, F-35, Eurofighter, Gripen and Rafale.
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