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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