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GE, Air Force Conclude Phase 2 Testing of F-35 Adaptive Cycle Engine

GE, Air Force Conclude Phase 2 Testing of F-35 Adaptive Cycle Engine - top government contractors - best government contracting event
F-35 fighter jet

General Electric and the U.S. Air Force have jointly tested a next-generation fighter jet engine for the F-35 aircraft at the service branch’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex in Tennessee.

The company said the second phase of testing on the XA100 three-stream adaptive cycle engine was concluded in August in preparation for its maturation and full-scale development under the Adaptive Engine Transition Program.

XA100 employs an adaptive engine cycle, a third-stream architecture and advanced component technologies to deliver an increased range and faster acceleration to the F-35 fighter jets.

GE’s Edison Works unit developed the engine to fit an F-35A or F-35C without modifications to the aircraft’s frame.

“The engine performance data we gathered at AEDC continued to show the XA100’s transformational capability, while also demonstrating a return on substantial Air Force and taxpayer investment,” said David Tweedie, vice president and general manager for advanced products at GE Edison Works.

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Written by Naomi Cooper

is a full-time writer for ArchIntel, a division of Executive Mosaic, and a contributor for ExecutiveBiz. She covers emerging technologies, technology innovation, contract awards, partnerships and market expansion stories in the government contracting industry.

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