Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team Hits Afterburner On Third New Engine
March 28, 2010 -
The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team has successfully hit full
afterburner on its third new production-configuration engine, continuing
a year of major progress and milestones for the F136 program.
tests were conducted in an advanced testing facility at GE. All major
objectives have been reached during this phase of testing, which
included an engine nozzle common to both F-35 engine programs. The Joint
Strike Fighter aircraft was designed from its inception to include
interchangeability with the F136 engine.
Six F136 engines
are scheduled for testing to measure engine performance and endurance as
the competitive engine for the F-35 program continues to demonstrate
steady progress and significant milestones.
F136 performance is meeting all expectations in terms of thrust,
temperature margins, and fuel consumption -- confirming the vital role
that it will play competing in the Joint Strike Fighter program over
“We are marching along in development, making progress every day, and
achieving full afterburner on our newest engine demonstrates the
capability and success of the F136 team. It also means the F-35 program
is another step closer to reaping the proven benefits of enduring
competition in the engine program,” said Al DiLibero, President of the
GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team.
“This year will be the biggest yet for the F136 program as we ramp up
our test program and move toward flight test. The F136 is designed
specifically for the F-35 aircraft, with an engine core sized for the
aircraft’s current and future needs,” said Mark Rhodes, Senior Vice
President of the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team.
GE - Aviation, with responsibility for 60 percent of the F136 program, is developing the core compressor and coupled high-pressure/low-pressure turbine system components, controls and accessories, and the augmentor. Rolls-Royce, with 40 percent of the F136 program, is responsible for the front fan, combustor, stages 2 and 3 of the low-pressure turbine, and gearboxes. International participant countries are also contributing to the F136 through involvement in engine development and component manufacturing.
The F136 engine
will be available to power all variants of the F-35 Lightning II
aircraft for the
development is being led at GE Aviation in
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