GEAE Receives $214.9M for Engine Spares Through 2017
General Electric Aircraft Engines of Cincinnati, OH recently received an estimated $214.9 million modification to a firm-fixed price contract. The contract will take care of GE sole source spares for its F101, F110, and F118 engines from FY 2009 through FY 2017. At this time, no money has been committed; orders will be placed as needs arise. The 448 SCMG/PKBC at Tinker Air Force Base, OK manages this contract (FA8122-09-D-0001).
GE’s F101 engines are installed in the B-1B Lancer bomber. These 30,000 pound thrust turbofans are mounted 4 to a plane, and they were the firm’s first turbofan with an augmentor. The F118 and F110 engine derivatives were created by adding new low pressure systems that tailor engine performance to the desired aircraft application. Its F118 derivative dials back into the 17,000 – 19,000 pound thrust range, and equips both the B-2A Spirit stealth bomber, and the U-2S Dragon Lady high-altitude reconnaissance plane. Both engines are participating in US DoD R-TOC (Reduction of total Ownership Costs) programs.
The number of those engines in service pales in comparison to the F110 engine, however, an F101 derivative that generates 28,000 – 29,000 pounds of thrust on afterburner, and flies in 86% of the USA’s F-16C/D fighter fleet. A number of Service Life Extension Program components have been developed for this engine, with the goal of extending the engine’s usable lifetime once they’re inserted.