The General Electric Rolls-Royce partnership to produce F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engines received a $2.5 billion contract to “transition the development engine into a long-term production program,” say GE officials. The team’s F136 engine is slated to make its first flight test on the JSF in 2010 and begin production delivery in 2012. Until then, the game belongs to Pratt & Whitney. After that, JSF customers will be able to select the engine of their choice.
Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has completed two environmental reviews, clearing the way for new construction to support the bases four new missions sets, which will replace the E-8 Joint STARS mission that has defined the base for decades.