Five Companies Selected for $975 Million USAF Next Generation Adaptive Propulsion Program

Five companies have been awarded contracts for the USAF Next Generation Adaptive Propulsion (NGAP) program. This 10-year, near $5 billion effort seeks to develop a prototype engine for a next-generation fighter. This contract will focus on technology maturation and risk reduction activities through design, analysis, rig testing, prototype engine testing, and weapon system integration.

The five companies — General Electric, Raytheon Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney subsidiary, Boeing , Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman — were each awarded $975 million contracts.

This latest contract shows a broadening of the industrial base for engines, as Pratt & Whitney and GE Aviation have held the majority share of the market in years past.  Currently, these two firms are competing on the Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP), which seeks to develop a replacement powerplant for the F-35.  Pratt & Whitney is also developing the Enhanced Engine Package/Engine Growth Option (EEP) for the fighter.  The EEP program aims to maximize the performance of the existing F135 engine suite through the integration of software improvements and associated adaptive growth technologies.

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About Richard Pettibone

A military history enthusiast, Richard began at Forecast International as editor of the World Weapons Weekly newsletter. As the Internet grew in importance as a research tool, he helped design the company's Forecast Intelligence Center and currently coordinates the EMarket Alert newsletters for clients. Richard also manages social media efforts, including two new blogs: Defense & Security Monitor, covering defense systems and international issues, and Flight Plan, which focuses on commercial aviation and space systems. For over 30 years, Richard has authored the Defense & Aerospace Companies, Volume I (North America) and Volume II (International) services. The two books provide detailed data on major aerospace and defense contractors. He also edits the International Contractors service, a database that tracks all the contractors involved in the programs covered in the FI library. More recently he was appointed Manager, Information Services Group (ISG), a new unit that encompasses developing outbound content for both Forecast International and Military Periscope.

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