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Key design review on next-generation engine completed

Posted on 14 Feb 2024 and read 438 times
Key design review on next-generation engine completedThis is a rendering of a future crewed next-generation air dominance aircraft by the US Air Force Research Laboratory

US-based Pratt & Whitney, an RTX business, has completed a critical assessment of its Next-Generation Adaptive Propulsion (NGAP) offering with the US Air Force, moving the programme closer to completing its detailed design review. The team is now working towards the ground-testing of 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, said: “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. This technology is critical to maintaining air superiority, which is why Pratt & Whitney has made significant investments in research and development (R&D) and advanced manufacturing. Continued government funding for sixth-generation propulsion development must remain a high priority to support critical platform milestones and warfighter readiness.”

NGAP technologies will provide advanced survivability, fuel efficiency, and robust power and thermal management which are necessary to ensure the required range, weapon and sensor capability which future air dominance platforms will require to meet evolving operational needs.