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Pratt & Whitney completes design review for next-gen fighter propulsion offering

Pratt & Whitney has successfully completed a critical assessment of its next-generation adaptive propulsion (NGAP) for the US Air Force’s next-generation air dominance (NGAD) fighter aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney has successfully completed a critical assessment of its next-generation adaptive propulsion (NGAP) for the US Air Force’s next-generation air dominance (NGAD) fighter aircraft.

The next phase of this process will see the Pratt & Whitney team begin ground testing its NGAP prototype, referred to as XA103, which is expected to occur in the late-2020s.

Jill Albertelli, president of Pratt & Whitney’s military engines business, welcomed the milestone, saying: “This technology is critical to maintaining air superiority, which is why Pratt & Whitney has made significant investments in research and development and advanced manufacturing. Continued government funding for sixth-generation propulsion development must remain a high priority to support critical platform milestones and warfighter readiness.”

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This next-generation engine will enhance performance that is key to enabling future air dominance capabilities, which are needed to ensure the US Air Force achieves air superiority and deters pacing challenges.

Both Pratt & Whitney and the US Air Force anticipate that the NGAP technologies will provide advanced survivability, fuel efficiency, and robust power and thermal management.

“We are embracing digital transformation with NGAP and changing the customer experience through the entire development process in order to rapidly and efficiently deliver these advanced adaptive engines,” Albertelli added.

These are necessary to enable the required range, weapon and sensor capability, and persistence future air dominance platforms will require to meet evolving operational needs.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units.

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