Production of GE Aviation’s F414 fighter engine could run for another decade. Although orders for the main aircraft it powers, the twin-engine F-18 Super Hornet and Growler, are winding down, it is finding success elsewhere in the world.

GE Aviation will ship the first flight test F414-400 for a single-engine application to Saab later this year for the Gripen E, and production will begin in 2017. “We will have 90 engines on order by the end of this summer for Gripens for Sweden and Brazil,” says Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s military systems. “And we expect that to increase as the Swedish order grows.”

The engine was also selected by India for the LCA Mk.2. The first flight test engine will ship in the fourth quarter of this year, with production to begin in 2018.

Korea, Turkey and India are also prospects for the engine for their next-generation fighter programs, she says.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy is being pitched an F414 upgrade that would bring 20% more thrust, twice the power takeoff for systems, and lower maintenance costs. “It’s a very low-risk upgrade incorporating an all-blisk compressor and 3D aero in the compressor and turbine,” she notes.

The upgrade is also being considered by India for its next-gen fighter program, and a deal there could include partnering with Indian industry on design of components.