Defense

July 8, 2016
 

Air Force awards Adaptive Engine Transition Program contracts

Bryan Ripple
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate here has issued two separate contracts to design, develop, fabricate, and test complete, flight-weight, centerline, 45,000-pound thrust-class adaptive engines in the Adaptive Engine Transition Program .

The contracts were awarded June 30 to General Electric Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corporation. Both contracts have a total value of $1 billion each (including options) with a period of performance ending in September 2021.

According to AETP Materiel Leader, Lt. Col. Jeff Finch, adaptive engines represent a revolutionary advance in turbine engine technology. The adaptive engine optimizes performance and fuel efficiency across the flight envelope by utilizing a third stream of air to optimize the engine at different flight conditions. The engines will demonstrate 25 percent improved fuel efficiency, 10 percent increased thrust, and significantly improved thermal management.

Both companies have achieved major technical accomplishments during the Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) program on preliminary design and component tests under contracts with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). GE and P&W are both ready to transition the technology to AFLCMC where the system-level benefits of the adaptive engine will be proven through the testing of multiple, complete, flight-weight engines.

“Throughout AETP, we look forward to working with both engine manufacturers as they continue maturing fuel-efficient adaptive cycle engine technologies,” said Finch.  “Our collaborative focus will be reducing associated technical and manufacturing risks in preparation for next-generation propulsion system development for multiple combat aircraft applications.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines – November 16, 2018

News Murder charges filed against Navy, Marine special operators in incident that killed Green Beret in Africa – Two Navy SEALs and two Marine Raiders will face murder charges in the June 2017 death of an Army Special Forces staff sergeant in Mali.   DOD audit: Air Force finds mystery motors, other highlights – Saddled...
 
 

News Briefs – November 16, 2018

AF identifies deceased pilot The aircrew members involved in the T-38 Talon incident from Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, on Nov. 13, 2018, have been identified. The deceased, Capt. John F. Graziano, 28, was an instructor pilot with the 87th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin AFB. He was from Elkridge, Md., and is survived by...
 
 
Courtesy photograph

High Desert Hangar Stories: John Wayne’s contributions to the war effort

Courtesy photograph John Wayne, along with fellow USO entertainers in Australia. “Like my friend Gary Cooper,” Wayne said, “I’m here to entertain the troops. I have no special act, but hope to get by on appearances.” ...