A Million-Plus Reasons to Choose the F124 Engine for the T-X Trainer

June 7, 2017 | Author: Matt Thraen

There are literally more than a million reasons the Honeywell F124 turbofan is the right engine to power the new U.S. Air Force trainer. Selected by Leonardo DRS for the T-100 trainer, the F124 has already earned its stars on the Leonardo M-346, one of the world’s most advanced production jet trainers.

In fact, the F124/F125 engine family has already accumulated an outstanding record of performance that includes more than 1 million hours of operation. That number is growing every day as the more than 550 engines in service deliver the kind of performance operators and pilots need to achieve their most important and challenging missions.

A host of young pilots in Israel, Italy and Singapore are training today in the M-346. Meanwhile, F124/F125 engines are powering operational light fighters in Taiwan and the Czech Republic. All this adds up to the kind of track record the U.S. Air Force needs to make a low-risk, high-return decision on training its 21st Century airmen.

If a million hours of experience isn’t impressive enough, here are five more reasons to choose the Leonardo T-100 with its proven Honeywell engines.

Maximum Performance. The F124 has the highest thrust-to-weight ratio in its class to deliver optimum performance under a wide range of operating conditions – up to 6,280 pounds of thrust. An advanced design provides exceptional inlet distortion tolerance and stall resistance.

Advanced Controls. Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) technologies reduce pilot workload and perform continuous diagnostics to improve performance. The engine has everything it needs to operate automatically with unrestricted throttle movement throughout the flight envelope.

Safety and Savings. The T-100 uses two engines to provide an additional margin of safety for students and instructors. Meanwhile, the F124 delivers all the power needed without an afterburner – saving fuel and significantly reducing maintenance costs via less wear and tear on engine parts.

Ease of Maintenance. A unique modular design makes the F124 easy for maintenance crews to service without lots of special tools, which means they can get the aircraft back in service in a hurry. Advanced features like the integrated Engine Monitoring System continuously monitor engine health and track usage to let crew chiefs know when service is needed.

Honeywell Resume. We’ve got close to seven decades of experience in the turbine engine business, so we know what we’re doing. We use the latest processes, materials and concepts to design propulsion systems with great performance, high reliability and cost-effective operation. All this backed by the Honeywell name and our world-famous global customer support.

Visit us online and download the F124 brochure to learn more about the engine that will power the next-generation USAF fighter-trainer aircraft.

Matt Thraen

Matt Thraen

Matt Thraen has been an employee of Honeywell Aerospace for over 27 years in various roles of increasing responsibilities. In his current role as the International Turbine Engine Company (ITEC) President, he is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the company, to include General Manager duties related to the achievement of all financial, growth and strategic objectives, as well as establishing specific Company policies, plans and programs focused on implementing the general instructions established by the Board of Directors.

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