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.
Air Force Global Strike Command has finished collecting a second round of test samples looking for hazardous chemicals at its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases and plans to expand testing to Vandenberg Space Force Base early next year, officials said Dec. 1.