Air Force Award $4.9 Billion Jet Engine

Boeing, General Electric Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin, and others

Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin were each awarded contracts worth up to $975 million to develop an adaptive engine prototype.

To increase range, the Pentagon is considering a new adaptive engine replacement for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

[Courtesy of the United States Air Force / Capt. Kip Sumner]

Each award, worth up to $975 million, is for design, analysis, rig testing, and validation.

"The contract covers the prototype phase of the Next Generation Adaptive Propulsion programme."

The contract was awarded at a time when defence officials are considering a new adaptive engine replacement for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning.

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