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Pratt & Whitney Propulsion System Successfully Powers First Flight of X-47B Navy/Northrop Grumman Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration Program

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. Feb. 7, 2011 California Feb. 4

Jimmy Reed

Northrop Grumman awarded a contract to Pratt & Whitney in 2008 to develop and integrate the engine and exhaust system for the X-47B.  The Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220U engine, a derivative of the F100-PW-220 and -220E engine models that power the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Falcon, enjoys the maturity gained from over 11 million hours of operational experience.  

The F100-PW-220U engine is capable of providing up to 16,000 pounds of thrust and is intended for operation in a maritime environment, including carrier deck operations. The X-47B will demonstrate the capability of an autonomous, low-observable relevant aircraft to be integrated into carrier operations and perform the first-ever unmanned carrier launches and recoveries.  Additional flight testing of the X-47B and certification for carrier operations will be conducted in preparation for at-sea carrier trials planned in 2013.

Hartford, Conn.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in the companies’ Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Stephanie Duvall

Pratt & Whitney Military Engines

860.557.1382

[email protected]

SOURCE Pratt & Whitney

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