GE Aviation just landed a $437 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The contract allows the Air Force and GE to continue its work on three-steam adaptive cycle engines. The engines will enable “revolutionary combat capability of future platforms,” said Dan McCormick, general manager of GE’s Advanced Combat Engine Program.
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The adaptive cycle engines are important to the Air Force because it’s the only engine that combines fuel burn with increased, fighter-level thrust — allowing military combat aircraft to go greater distances and even engage more targets.
“GE is excited to continue the maturation of adaptive cycle engines; it will enable revolutionary combat capability of future platforms,” McCormick said.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patt is one of six centers managed under Air Force Materiel Command, and it’s the only center responsible for “total life cycle management of Air Force weapon systems,” according to Wright-Patterson. GE and the Air Force have been able to create new technology that has advanced the adaptive cycle engine.
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Between 2007 and 2017, GE successfully designed and tested multiple three-stream adaptive fan configurations, an advanced compressor rig, two full-scale core engines and a full three-stream adaptive cycle technology demonstrator engine.
“We are proud and excited to be part of the U.S. Air Force team moving this new class of advanced propulsion forward towards eventual production and fielding,” McCormick said.
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