- Captains of Industry
- General Electric
- Service Life Extension Program
CINCINNATI - GE Aviation's F110 family of engines surpassed 10 million flight hours this month. Backed by a continuous infusion of new technology, the F110 remains the engine of choice around the world. It powers almost 70 percent of today's most advanced U.S. Air Force F-16C/D aircraft, as well as 86 percent of F-15s delivered globally in the last 15 years.
"Variants of our F110 engine family have been powering fleets around the world for more than three decades," said Shawn Warren, vice president and general manager of GE's Large Combat & Mobility Engines division. "The F110's cost-effective, high-performance operation, combined with its safety and reliability, increase mission capability rates and Warfighter readiness."
The U.S. Air Force plans to replace their current F-15C fleet with the most advanced variant to date, Boeing's F-15EX. GE's F110-GE-129 engine is currently fully qualified for the F-15EX and ready to serve the U.S. Air Force Warfighter.
The U.S. Air Force originally procured the F110 engine in 1984 to power a majority of their F-16 fleet. The first GE-powered F-16s went into service in 1987. The F110 also powered the venerable F-14B/D Tomcat. In addition, many other nations around the globe have selected the F110 engine to power their F-16 fleets, as well as variants of the twin-engine F-15 fighter jet. The F110 powers F-16 fleets in Bahrain, Chile, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Oman, Turkey and United Arab Emirates and was recently selected by Bulgaria, Slovakia and Taiwan. The F110 powers F-15 fleets in Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Singapore and will power Qatar's F-15s starting in 2021. The F110 also powers Japan's F-2 indigenous fighter. To date, 3,400 F110 engines have been ordered worldwide.
Over the lifetime of the F110 engine family, GE has continuously worked to maximize the engine's performance, minimize maintenance costs, and increase its reliability and time on wing. The newest F110 variants have gone through GE's Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). SLEP hardware upgrades include highly successful three-dimensional aerodynamic technology derived from the CFM56* commercial engine family plus upgrades to the combustor and high-pressure turbine. The enhancements can help provide up to a 25 percent improvement in cost-per-flying hour, a 50 percent increase in engine cycle life, and a threefold increase in average time-on-wing.
In addition, GE provides engine overhaul support to the Air Force through a program called Pacer Phantom. The collaboration is part of the Air Force's Captains of Industry (COI) partnership, which uses supplier capability contracts to streamline the procurement process to meet customer needs.
Source: GE's F110 engine surpasses 10 million flight hours
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