General Electric Awarded $707 Million for F110-GE-129 Engine Production

General Electric Co. (GE) has been awarded four undefinitized contract actions, worth around $707 million, under an existing F110 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, for F110-GE-129 engine production.

These actions provide for F110 afterburning turbofan engine production, including installs and spares and modernized engine management system computers. These actions involve Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Slovakia, Bulgaria, Taiwan and Qatar.

The engines will power the Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 70/72 fighter aircraft being procured by Slovakia, Bulgaria and Taiwan, and Boeing F-15QA Advanced Eagle fighter aircraft being procured by Qatar.

Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) F-15QA Maiden Flight
The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF)’s first F-15QA aircraft during its maiden flight.

This award is the result of country-directed, sole-source acquisitions. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of around $353.6 million are being obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8626-18-D-0029).

The contract work will be performed in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2026.

General Electric F110 is an afterburning turbofan jet engine produced by GE Aviation. The F110 engine uses the same engine core design as the previous General Electric F101 engines powering the U.S. Air Force’s Rockwell B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bombers.

General Electric F110-GE-129
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – The 35th Maintenance Squadron test cell, or hush house, provides a testing area for an F110-GE-129 engine on March 4, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jamal D. Sutter)

The U.S. Air Force originally procured the F110 engine in 1984 to power a majority of its F-16 fleet. The first GE-powered F-16s went into service in 1987. The F110 also powered the venerable F-14B/D Tomcat. In addition, many other nations around the globe have selected the F110 engine to power their F-16 fleets, as well as variants of the twin-engine F-15 fighter jet.

The F110 powers F-16 fleets in Bahrain, Chile, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Oman, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and was selected by Bulgaria, Slovakia and Taiwan. The F110 powers F-15 fleets in Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Singapore and will power Qatar’s F-15s starting in 2021. The F110 also powers Japan’s F-2 indigenous fighter. To date, 3,400 F110 engines have been ordered worldwide.

The F110-GE-129 is a derivative with greater performance of the proven F110-GE-100.

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