US Air Force gives the green light on further development of the next generation engine. Such an enormous task given to such prestige’s companies such as General Electric, Pratt and Whitney. The Goal of the latest engine is proposed to be placed on a sixth-generation fighter and potentially an upgraded F-35 Lightning II. Both contracts were issued by the Department of Defense on June 30th. 919.5 million dollars were issued to general electric alongside 873 million to Pratt & Whitney. The contract should cover the cost of building and testing of a 45000 lb thrust turbo fan adaptive engine with an approximate exceeding overall cost of 1 billion dollars each.
“The AETP program evolved from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology effort begun in 2007 and involving engine manufacturers GE Aviation and Rolls-Royce North America, to the follow-on Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) program awarded to GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney in 2012.”
The reason for the latest need of engine innovation is to increase its attributes into only one engine. With General electric they offer a 3 stream adaptive cycle AETP engine which is packed with a transition from a high-bypass,
“fuel efficient engine similar to engines used on tankers and transports to a low-bypass, high-performance engine required for fighters”.
To date the Military jets are limited to ether maximum power or fuel efficiency in each fighter jets.
Pratt and Whitney are experienced in the industry since 1925. Beginning with suppling the Government with previous F119-PW-100 turbofan engines on the F-22 Raptor, the F135 engine of the Lightning II.
“We've gained tremendous insight from our experience designing engines for the F-22 and the F-35, which are truly a generation ahead,”
said Jimmy Kenyon, Pratt & Whitney senior director of advanced programs and technology.
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