Honeywell Announces High Performance F125IN Aircraft Engine to Give Jaguar
Fighter Aircraft Superior Mission Capability, Improved Pilot Safety and
ELAHANKA, INDIA, February 10, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today
announced its F125IN engine, a 9850lbf (43.8kN) thrust engine that will deliver
high performance, improved pilot safety, lower maintenance and outstanding
“This thrust class engine is built around Honeywell’s proven expertise in the
design and production of aircraft systems, which is evident in the F125IN
engine, an outstanding propulsion system for military aircraft,” said Vicki
Panhuise, Honeywell Vice President, Military Aircraft. “The engine will
transform the Indian Air Force Jaguar aircraft by improving mission
performance, enhancing pilot safety, reducing pilot workload, and reducing
maintenance events and costs.”
The F125IN powerplant, which is currently being considered for the Indian Air
Force Jaguar re-engining program, is significantly lighter and much more
powerful than the aircraft’s current engine. It has an advanced dual
full-authority digital engine control (FADEC) system, modular construction,
integrated engine health monitoring system and best in class thrust-to-weight
ratio – all designed to give the military the best engine with the lowest
operating and maintenance costs.
“The F125IN will provide the Indian Air Force Jaguar fleet with a modern,
reliable and safe propulsion system that will transform the capabilities,
performance and safety of the aircraft in combat,” Panhuise added. “In
significantly improving single engine thrust performance, this increases pilot
safety and aircraft survivability.”
In 2007 the F125IN was successfully demonstrated for the Indian Air Force in
Bangalore. The engine is projected to save the Indian Air Force more than
Rupees 7000 Crores ($1.5 billion) in life-cycle costs compared to other upgrade
options being considered. The F125IN permits the Jaguar to perform missions
never before possible with the current engine.
The F125IN is the designation of the F125 engine for the Jaguar application,
benefiting from more than 540,000 hours of operational experience on the F125.
The non-afterburning version of this engine is the F124 aircraft engine, which
has a long record of demonstrated success in powering military aircraft,
including three highly successful re-engining programs.
Superior mission reliability is delivered by the F125’s resistance to bird
strikes, low unscheduled engine removal rate and low in-flight abort rate. The
F125IN modern on-condition engine maintenance design leads to maximum
time-on-wing, extending the first off-wing inspection interval to over 10 years
The F124-GA-200 engine provides primary propulsion power for the Alenia
Aermacchi M-346 aircraft. In 2008 Honeywell’s International Turbine Engine
Company (ITEC) was awarded a contract to deliver F124-GA-200 engines to Alenia
Aermacchi for its Advanced Jet Trainer M-346. The F124-GA-200 is a low bypass
ratio engine selected in numerous competitions for its ability to meet the most
rigorous requirements of modern trainers. It is the latest variant in the F124
family that also includes the F124-GA-100 for the Aero Vodochody/CzAF L-159 and
the Boeing/DARPA X-45A UCAV.
With more than 45 years of engine development expertise, 65,000 fielded
propulsion systems, and more than 241 million service hours, Honeywell engines
have a history of proven performance. Honeywell is also leader in other
aircraft systems for the military, air transport and business jet segments.
These include leading edge avionics and safety systems – including the Early
Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), runway incursion avoidance systems,
and global support services.
A global diversified technology and manufacturing leader, Honeywell has
significant operations in cities throughout India, with more than 8,000 people
working in multiple locations. Honeywell has several partnerships in India,
including the licensed manufacture of the TPE331 engine by Hindustan
Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
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manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and
services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive
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for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military,
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