F414 technology upgrades now being proposed to the U.S. Navy by General Electric could save the service as much as $2 billion over the 20-year operational life of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet, according to company estimates. To achieve half of the savings, the Navy would have to introduce an improved compressor, combustor and high-pressure turbine into the Super Hornet's newly built F414 engines around 2008, and operate the upgraded engines at today's thrust levels. To take ...

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