The F414-GE-400 is the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced technology fighter engine in production. This afterburning turbofan incorporates advanced technology based on the proven design of GE's F404 to provide the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet with a durable, reliable and easy to maintain engine.
The engine entered production in late 1998 after a highly successful Engineering and Manufacturing Development program that was completed on time and on budget. F/A-18E/F Super Hornet production deliveries to the U.S. Navy are expected to continue through at least 2014.
The F414-GE-400 turbofan builds upon the excellent reliability, operability and readiness of the F404 engine. The combat-proven F414 has delivered excellent reliability and 35 percent more thrust than the original F404. It has significantly improved the Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet's range, payload and survivability. Advanced technology features such as a Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) improve operational characteristics of the engine while the latest materials and cooling techniques allow for higher temperatures and pressures without sacrificing component life.
In December 2003, the Navy awarded Boeing a system development and demonstration contract for the EA-18G to replace the EA-6B Prowler. The EA-18G Growler made its first flight in August 2006 and achieved initial operational capability in September 2009 on cost and on schedule.
The F414G provides 22,000 lbs. of thrust and was produced for the Saab JAS 39 Gripen Demonstrator, a multi-role attach and reconnaissance aircraft and was recently selected by Switzerland for the Gripen NG.