Pierre Perrin-Monlouis Dernière mise à jour: 20 octobre 2021
Farnborough Air Show, Farnborough, UK – 16 July 2008 – The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team has received the first deliveries of front fan frames from Magellan Aerospace in Canada for the F136 engine which will power the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
The F136 engine is the most advanced fighter aircraft engine ever developed and will be available to power all variants of the F-35 for the US military and eight partner nations.
The high-tech fan frame, constructed mainly of titanium, was delivered this year to Rolls-Royce defence facilities in Bristol, UK. The frame will serve as the front portion of the first F136 engine in production configuration. The engine will be completed in upcoming months and begin testing in early 2009.
The F136 front fan frame is the largest example of this product type manufactured by Magellan at its Orenda Aerospace facility in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Mark Rhodes, Senior Vice President of the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team, praised the work of Magellan in delivering the key component for the F136 engine.
“The expertise of Magellan Aerospace is crucial in the delivery of this portion of the F136 engine. These high-tech components reflect the very best of Canadian industry and will make a significant contribution toward our success. The impressive power of the F136 engine begins, literally, with Magellan Aerospace and its front fan frame.”
“The technology and know-how contained in a fighter engine front frame is one of the core capabilities within Magellan. The Magellan team is able to provide excellent value by introducing manufacturing engineering solutions to optimize the production process,” said Jim Butyniec, Chief Executive Officer of Magellan Aerospace Corporation.
The Fighter Engine Team will begin testing this first production engine in early 2009. This is the first engine to be delivered under the System Development and Demonstration contract with the US Government. First flight of the F136 engine in an F-35 Lightning II will take place in 2010.
The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team is a joint venture of the world’s two leading propulsion companies. GE – Aviation, with responsibility for 60 percent of the F136 programme, 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 programme, 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 Fighter Engine Team reached another important milestone this year with successful completion of Critical Design Review (CDR), validating the unique design of the engine. The F136 programme remains on schedule and within budget and is fully funded by the US Government for FY 2008. More than 50 percent of the System Development Demonstration (SDD) funding for the engine has already been appropriated and the US Government has invested more than $2 Billion in the programme.
Two pre-SDD test engines totaled more than 700 hours of running time, contributing significantly to risk reduction in the programme. The testing has included multiple simulated flying conditions, at high-altitude and sea-level, with full afterburner and STOVL operations.
Additionally, GE opened a new engine test site this year in Ohio, US, representing a multi-million dollar investment by the company in the F136 development programme. Additional tests also occurred this year at GE’s Evendale facility, as well as the US Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee.
The SDD phase is scheduled to run through 2013; the first production F136 engines are scheduled to be delivered in 2012 for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. This occurs during the fourth lot of F-35 aircraft production, which is very early in the overall aircraft production programme. The Fighter Engine Team will deliver a total of 14 engines during the SDD phase, which will total more than 10,000 hours of testing.
About 800 engineers and technicians are engaged in the F136 programme at GE Aviation’s Cincinnati, Ohio, headquarters, and at Rolls-Royce facilities in Indianapolis, US; and Bristol, UK.
The F-35 is a next-generation, multi-role stealth aircraft designed to replace the AV-8B Harrier, A-10, F-16, F/A-18 Hornet and the United Kingdom’s Harrier GR7 and Sea Harrier, all of which are currently powered by GE or Rolls-Royce making them the engine powers of choice for the U.S. and U.K. militaries. Potential F-35 production for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marines and international customers, including the Canada’s Air Force, may reach as many as 5,000 to 6,000 aircraft over the next 30 years.
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