MilitaryRaytheon begins manufacturing engines for Morocco's F-16s

Raytheon begins manufacturing engines for Morocco’s F-16s

Raytheon has commenced building the F100-PW-229 engines for Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 fighters under a $212 million contract signed earlier this year.

The Royal Moroccan Air Force is to receive 29 engines for its F-16C/D Block 72 jets built by Lockheed Martin as part of an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.

Morocco’s request for 25 F-16s was approved in March 2019 by the U.S. government under a potential $3.9 billion Foreign military sale (FMS) transaction.

The business will see Raytheon’s Pratt & Whitney manufacture the F100-PW-229 engines at its East Hartford, Connecticut, plant, followed by the delivery in June 2025.

Morocco intends to modernize its military to achieve a five-year plan for “regional military supremacy.” The new F-16s will replace aging Dassault Mirage F1s and F-5 Freedom Fighters.

According to Pratt and Whitney, there are more than 3,800 F100 engines in 23 air forces around the world. “The F100-PW-229 engine is the culmination of nearly 50 years of product improvements based on field experience and trickle-down technologies from Pratt & Whitney’s latest advanced fighter engines,” said Kevin Rich, associate director, Weapons System Integration, Pratt & Whitney, who worked as the F100 program manager.

Ekene Lionel
Ekene Lionel is an author for The Aviator Africa, covering military aviation. He has worked as a journalist and defense tech writer for 5 years, much of that time focusing on military and emerging technologies.

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