(ORDO NEWS) — The United States could begin equipping its F-35A with new engines starting in 2027. This will significantly increase the combat radius of the fighter.
The United States has long been talking about equipping its main fighter of tomorrow, the F-35, with a new engine that would significantly increase the aircraft’s combat capabilities. As it became known, the car can receive it as early as 2027. This was reported by Air Force Magazine with reference to the materials of the American defense budget .
In the future, the new type of engine will be equipped with all F-35A. This is a completely new development, which is created according to the Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP). Prototypes of two AETP variants, the General Electric XA100 and the Pratt & Whitney XA101, are currently being tested. The engine is expected to increase the F-35’s range by about 30 percent by reducing fuel consumption.
This will make the aircraft more suitable for operations in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as reduce its dependence on air tankers.
Earlier, we recall, it became known about the first flight of a new Chinese carrier-based fighter, which is sometimes considered as an analogue of the F-35C. The aircraft was built on the basis of the Shenyang FC-31.
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