Tuesday, November 3, 2020

U.S. Navy orders F414-GE-400 engines for F/A-18 aircraft

The U.S. Navy has ordered 16 F414-GE-400 install engines produced by GE Aviation for the F/A-18 fighter aircraft, said Pentagon on 29 December.

According to a statement, General Electric Co. is awarded $70,7 million for modification P00016 to a previously awarded contract (N00019-17-C-0047) for the procurement of 16 F414-GE-400 install engines for the F/A-18 aircraft for the U.S. Navy.  

Work is expected to be completed in December 2020.

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According to GE Aviation, the F414 Enhanced Engine is delivering expanded capabilities for next generation combat needs. With up to 18% more thrust and twice the horsepower of its predecessor, the F414 Enhanced Engine is poised to complete missions on time and on task.

The F414-GE-400 combines the proven reliability, maintainability and operability of its successful F404 predecessor with advanced technologies to provide the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet with up to 35 percent more thrust and significant improvements in aircraft performance, survivability and payload.

Its simple, modular design is reliable and easy to maintain. F414-GE-400 engines also power Boeing’s EA18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, also operational with the United States Navy. The F414-INS6 was selected by India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) to power the MKII version of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.

The F414G, the single-engine variant of the proven F414-GE-400, has been chosen to power Saab’s Gripen E/F aircraft

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