GE Aviation recently landed four contracts totaling $707 million from the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, for new F110-GE-129 engine production, as well as installation, spare parts, and updated engine-management system computers for Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft and Boeing F-15 aircraft.
The F110 is a GE Aviation afterburning turbofan jet engine deployed in the F16 (as well as F-14 and F-15) fighter jets. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a single-engine supersonic fighter aircraft, from a General Dynamics Corp. design introduced in 1978 and now developed into a multirole fighter aircraft. The F-16s are in service with the U.S. Air Force and 25 other nations' defense forces.
The Boeing F-15 is a twin-engine tactical fighter jet, in service with the USAF and the Israeli, Japanese, and Saudi Arabian air forces.
The new contracts concern the USAF as well as foreign military sales to Bulgaria, Slovakia, Qatar and Taiwan. The F110 engine powers 86% of F-15s delivered globally over the last 15 years and 70% of today’s most advanced USAF F-16C/D fleet.
“We say GE’s F110 engine remains the engine of choice of modern F-15 and F-16 fleets around the world because we continue to support the F110 with a continuous infusion of new technology, including our Service Life Extension Program (SLEP),” offered Shawn Warren, GE Aviation’s vice president and general manager of large combat and mobility engines.
GE Aviation further noted that over the past two months it has drawn more than $1.2 billion in contracts to produce engines and hardware for the U.S. military and international customers.
The work involved in these contracts will be carried out at GE Aviation plants which include Lynn, Mass.; Evendale, Ohio; Madisonville, Ky.; Rutland, Vt.; Hooksett, N.H.; Asheville and Wilmington, N.C.; Muskegon, Mich., and other U.S. locations.