The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) has recently signed a teaming agreement with GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) for the Definition Phase of its Mako family of advanced trainer and light combat aircraft.
EADS selected a derivative of GE’s F414-GE-400 fighter engine, which powers the US Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, for the Definition Phase of the Mako single-engine aircraft family. EADS envisions the Mako family encompassing an advanced trainer, lead-in fighter trainer, and light combat aircraft, all targeted for international sales.
The Definition Phase is expected to continue through 2004. GEAE and EADS will work together to complete the technical definition of the Mako aircraft and its subsystems, the F414M engine installation, and the definition of the single-engine features for the F414M. Specifications, certification plans, maintenance plans, and other necessary documentation will be defined in preparation for launch of the Development Phase.
GE’s F414, rated at 22,000 pounds (98kN) thrust with a nine-to-one thrust-to-weight ratio, was the most powerful fighter engine considered for the Mako program.
Following qualification in 1998, the F414 production engine has accumulated more than 100,000 flight hours. Single-engine redundancy features will be incorporated into the F414M engine for the Mako program.