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GE Focused on U.S. Air Force’s Future as Key Programs Progress

February 23, 2021 | by GE Aviation News Staff
A world-leading provider of military jet engines, and a U.S. Air Force partner since 1947, GE is poised to support the next generation of USAF needs. An unparalleled suite of innovative GE products stands ready to meet emerging mission demands.

F110 for the F-15EX

To remain a staple of global defense, the advanced F-15EX requires trusted and qualified engines now to keep up with evolving global mission needs. Only GE’s F110 has already been delivered to the US Air Force, eliminating the risk of development time and cost. GE has the only certified and in-production engines supporting F-15 Advanced Eagles today.

With the first flight of the Boeing F-15EX in early February, the F110 is now poised to continue powering advanced combat aircraft for decades to come. The F110 has a nearly four-decade-long history with the U.S. Air Force. Now, GE’s advanced F110 engine has been significantly improved to adapt to the unique demands of the F-15EX. Built with capability in reserve, the F110 can adapt to changing global threats and mission needs for decades to come.
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B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program

GE is offering two engines proven in the most demanding environments and operating conditions around the globe—the ever-reliable CF34-10 engine and the technologically advanced Passport engine. These two engines offer the lowest program risk, the highest mission readiness, and the lowest cost of operation for the U.S. Air Force.

GE is the only company to have been involved in re-engining U.S. Air Force aircraft three times over and the only company to have experience powering six strategic bombers.

The mainstay of the U.S. strategic nuclear fleet demands rugged, reliable, and commercially-proven equipment to continue to operate from a position of enduring strength for the foreseeable future. GE is the clear partner to ensure the B-52 is ready at all times for the most critical missions.

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The XA100 will combine outstanding fuel burn with increased, fighter-level thrust, enabling a 35% increase in range and 25% reduction in fuel consumption for next-generation military combat aircraft.

Unlike traditional engines with fixed airflow, the GE XA100 is a variable cycle engine that will automatically alternate between a high-thrust mode for maximum power and a high-efficiency mode for optimum fuel savings. This equates to a whole new book of operational possibilities for the U.S. Air Force.
Learn more: GE's Adaptive Cycle Engine, the XA100

F404 for T-7A

The newest F404 variant, the F404-GE-103 is powering the Boeing/Saab T-7A Red Hawk trainer jet through its extensive flight test campaign. This new application is poised to keep the versatile F404 family of engines in the sky well into the future.

GE’s legendary J85 engine has powered the USAF’s current trainer—the T-38 Talon—since its first flight in late 1950s.


The distinct red tails on the T-7A pay homage to the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of primarily African American pilots, engineers, technicians and others, who were famous for the red-painted tails on their World War II fighters. Credit: Boeing

Learn more: Metamorphosis: This Versatile Jet Engine is Ready for its Next Act

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