Engine contract lands GEAE $1 billion

GE Aircraft Engines has won a contract worth up to $1 billion to supply the Japan Defense Agency (JDA) with CF6-80C2 engines for JDA’s C-X aircraft program.

The Japan Defense Agency (JDA) has selected GE Aircraft Engines’ (GEAE) CF6-80C2 engine for its C-X program, Japan’s next-generation cargo military aircraft.

The JDA will take delivery of the first engine in 2006. The contract could be worth up to $1 billion over the estimated 30-year life of the program.

The C-X, currently in development, will replace the C-1 cargo aircraft. The JDA will begin operating the C-X in 2011, and anticipates a minimum fleet of 44 aircraft to be in service.

‘The CF6-80C2 engine continues to win new military applications worldwide,’ said Andy Solem, General Manager of Turbofan and Turbojet Programs at GEAE’s Military Engine Operations. ‘This selection reinforces the JDA’s confidence in the CF6-80C2 performance and reliability, and our support of the engines in operation.’

In Japan, the CF6-80C2 has already been selected for the E-767 AWACS early warning aircraft, the KC-767 tanker/transport aircraft, and the B-747 VIP transport.

In the US, Lockheed Martin selected the CF6-80C2 for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the US Air Force C-5 Galaxy Reliability and Enhancement and Re-engining Program.