In November 1977 U.S. Air Force officials expressed growing concern about the limitations of their tactical skills, led by a number of problems with the new F100 engine in F-15 and F-16 fighter jets. The F100 engine from Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, was a powerful new engine, which played a decisive role in the U.S. air defense system. Development of the engine was started in the late 1960s, and its performance specifications pushed the envelope of technological poss … Read more »

In November 1977 U.S. Air Force officials expressed growing concern about the limitations of their tactical skills, led by a number of problems with the new F100 engine in F-15 and F-16 fighter jets. The F100 engine from Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, was a powerful new engine, which played a decisive role in the U.S. air defense system. Development of the engine was started in the late 1960s, and its performance specifications pushed the envelope of technological possibilities. Although setbacks were to be expected, there was a growing concern about the unreliability of the F100 engine in combat situations for a long time. The Air Force had the feeling that Pratt largely unresponsive to previous discussions on these issues and has now reviewed its options.
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Matthias Hild,
Keith J. Crocker
Source: Darden School of Business
15 pages.
Release date: 07 December, 2004. Prod #: UV3883-PDF-ENG
Pushing the Envelope: Engine and procurement for the F-15 Fighter Jet (A) HBR case solution

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