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GE unit wins Oman Air Force F-16 engines deal

GE Aviation says engine deliveries for new Lockheed Martin fighter jets to begin in 2013

GE unit wins Oman Air Force F-16 engines deal

The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has purchased F110-GE-129D engines from GE Aviation to power its 12 new Lockheed Martin advanced F-16 aircraft.

Engine deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2013, GE Aviation said in a statement without giving a value for the deal.

"Oman first selected F110 power for its F-16 aircraft in March 2002. We are honoured by the RAFO's selection of F110 power," said Joe Guenther, general manager of GE Aviation's F110 programme.

"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."

He said the F110-GE-129D engine configuration is designed for lowest possible cost of ownership and unsurpassed single-engine safety.

More than 3,000 F110 engines have been ordered worldwide since initial selection by the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1984, making it the best-selling engine for Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighter aircraft.

In addition to the USAF, 11 international forces fly F110-powered aircraft.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, is a provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft.

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