Critical Design Review Comes To Successful End
The GE/Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine
Team told ANN Friday it has successfully completed its Critical
Design Review, a major milestone in the F136 engine development
program. The F136 engine is a 40,000+ lb. thrust combat engine that
will be available to power all variants of the F-35 Lightning II
aircraft for the US military and eight partner nations.
During Critical Design Review (CDR), the US Government's Joint
Program Office for the F-35 Lightning II validates and approves the
design of the engine. During that review, every aspect of the
engine design is analyzed and evaluated in order to proceed with
the building of the first full development engines. The process
involved 80 detailed component and module design reviews, involving
technical experts from the JPO, General Electric and
Completion of CDR is an important step that signifies the F136
program is moving from early design phases toward production.
"The CDR, held at the GE Evendale
facility, was the culmination of over four months of detailed
component, module and system reviews between the Fighter Engine
Team and JPO propulsion teams. The F136 met the milestone
requirements and this serves as an important step on the path
towards a competitive engine for the F-35, which is on course to
power their first F-35 flight by 2010. Challenges exist, but the
F136 is well positioned to meet them," said John White, Director of
Engineering for the Joint Program Office.
"This milestone demonstrates that two global leaders in
propulsion can combine their experience and their best
technologies, resulting in an innovative design and one of the most
advanced combat engines ever created. The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter
Engine Team has reached that goal while staying within its budget
and staying on schedule," said Jean Lydon-Rodgers, President of the
Fighter Engine Team.
"This represents a major achievement for one of the greatest
engine design teams ever assembled, striving to provide the best
engine to the warfighter. Now, we move on to delivering the first
production configuration engine within a year, with first flight in
the F-35 Lightning II scheduled for 2010," said Mark Rhodes, Senior
Vice President of the Fighter Engine Team.