GE Aviation Awarded $203M Contract to Supply CF6-80C2K1F Propulsion Systems for JASDF C-2 Transport Aircraft

GE Aviation Distribution Japan has been awarded a contract valued at 18.8 billion Japanese Yen (USD $203 million) from the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) for CF6-80C2K1F Propulsion Systems to power Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) C-2 transport aircraft.

The contract includes 12 units due for deliveries, starting from late 2021.

The JASDF C-2 is positioned as a key strategic aircraft for “mobile/deployment capability” which is a part of Japan’s “Priorities in Strengthening Core Elements of Defense Capability”. In 2003, the CF6-80C2 was selected to power this important platform and GE actively worked with JMOD and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. to develop a large indigenous transporter.

Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) - Kawasaki C-2
A Kawasaki C-2 military transport aircraft of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). Kawasaki Photo.

After successful completion of the development program in 2017, GE Aviation supplied 26 CF6-80C2K1F propulsion systems which included nacelle system and thrust reversers to support the aircraft production program.

In alignment with the initiative of the JMOD to optimize acquisition program and cost reduction efforts, GE Aviation has continued to work with JMOD to exercise a consolidated procurement of CF6 propulsion systems over the last few years. As a result, JMOD successfully obtained the budget for the initial 12 units for the JFY2020 contract. With this contract, JMOD expects acquisition cost reduction by as much as 4.8 billion Japanese Yen (USD $44.6 million). GE Aviation will continue to work with JMOD for the remainder of their propulsion system requirement for the forthcoming years.

Kawasaki’s C-2 transport plane, which succeeded the C-1, is used for military operations, and domestic and international air transport in disaster relief, as well as for international cooperation and emergency assistance situations.

The C-2 is domestically-developed and manufactured in Japan, and employs various new aircraft systems, and its deployment by the JASDF began in March 2017. Packed with the most advanced technologies, the C-2 flies faster and achieves greater range than the C-1 and other transport planes owned by the JASDF . With a cargo hold larger than those of the others, it can accommodate heavier loads, thereby fulfilling a wide range of missions, such as international cooperative operations.

Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) - Kawasaki C-2
190710-F-DY012-0289 A Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Kawasaki C-2 military transport aircraft assigned to 3rd Tactical Airlift Wing, 403rd Squadron prepares for takeoff during a bilateral airlift exchange at Iruma Air Base, Japan, July 10, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

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