FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW, FARNBOROUGH, UK, July 16 /CNW/ - 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,
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 extensive know-how contained in a fighter engine
front frame is one of the key 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,
President and 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 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 GR.7 and Sea Harrier. 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 5000 to 6000 aircraft over the next 30 years.
The System Development and Demonstration (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 program. 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.
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 program, 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
program, 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
For further information:
For further information: Peter Jackson, Vice President & General
Manager, Orenda Aerospace Corporation, Tel: (905) 673-3250 ext. 3287, Fax:
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