One billion dollars earmarked in the Pentagon’s forthcoming 2015 budget request will support a new development program “in the next few years” to produce an engine beyond that used for the F-35, says Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for procurement. Pratt & Whitney and General Electric are already working through the Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) program to design engines 25% more efficient than today’s and producing 10% more thrust. The goal is to ...

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