GE Aviation’s F110 family of afterburning turbofan engines surpassed 10 million flight hours in September, the company announced.
The F110 engine powers almost 70 percent of U.S. Air Force F-16C/D Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, as well as 86 percent of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets delivered globally in the last 15 years.
“Variants of our F110 engine family have been powering fleets around the world for more than three decades,” said Shawn Warren, vice president and general manager of GE’s Large Combat & Mobility Engines division. “The F110’s cost-effective, high-performance operation, combined with its safety and reliability, increase mission capability rates and Warfighter readiness.”
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 recently 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 newest F110 variants have gone through GE’s Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). SLEP hardware upgrades include highly successful three-dimensional aerodynamic technology derived from the CFM56 commercial engine family plus upgrades to the combustor and high-pressure turbine. The enhancements can help provide up to a 25 percent improvement in cost-per-flying hour, a 50 percent increase in engine cycle life, and a threefold increase in average time-on-wing.
The U.S. Air Force plans to replace their current F-15C fleet with the most advanced F-15 variant to date, Boeing’s F-15EX. According to GE, the F110-GE-129 engine is currently fully qualified for the F-15EX.