GE Says New Engine for F‑35 Possible by 2027, but Not on STOVL Version — Air Force Magazine

Engine mak­ers should be able to meet House defense pol­i­cy bill lan­guage call­ing for a new F‑35 pow­er­plant based on the Adap­tive Engine Tran­si­tion Pro­gram by 2027, but only for the con­ven­tion­al take­off ver­sions, a GE Avi­a­tion exec­u­tive said.

“We would be eager to step up to the chal­lenge to meet the 2027 dead­line” that the House ver­sion of the Nation­al Defense Autho­riza­tion Act includ­ed, David Tweed­ie, gen­er­al man­ag­er for advanced com­bat sys­tems at GE Avi­a­tion, said in a Sept. 10 inter­view, adding that doing so is “cer­tain­ly with­in the art of the possible.”

He said, “We were encour­aged by both the direc­tion [to the Joint Pro­gram Office] to pro­vide a tran­si­tion plan, as well as autho­riza­tion for an addi­tion­al $257 mil­lion of fund­ing above the President’ …


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