Developed under the U.S. Department of Defense’s Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology (ADVENT) and Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) programs, the GE Adaptive Cycle Engine is the only engine that combines outstanding fuel burn with increased, fighter-level thrust, enabling next-generation military combat aircraft to go greater distances and engage more targets.
Unlike traditional engines with fixed airflow, the GE ACE is a variable cycle engine that will automatically alternate between a high-thrust mode for maximum power and a high-efficiency mode for optimum fuel savings. And that means a whole new book of operational possibilities for the U.S. Air Force.
Giving pilots what they need, when they need it
Use the slider below to see how GE's Adaptive Cycle Engine can automatically configure airflow based on the pilot's mission scenario.
Directs the majority of air through the engine's core and fan streams, delivering greater thrust during combat engagements and helping pilots execute their missions effectively.
Directs air through the engine's third stream to dramatically reduce fuel consumption, provide greater range and allow pilots to persist longer in areas of interest with reduced risk.
Further, faster and with more power than ever before
Tomorrow’s missions will require aircraft to fly greater distances with unprecedented speed and power, and the GE Adaptive Cycle Engine can answer the call.
The Shape of Things to Come
GE is using 3D technology to develop complex components one layer at a time and open the creative canvas for engineers.
An Incredible New Standard In Engine Performance
The revolutionary technologies inside the GE Adaptive Cycle Engine will work together to deliver next generation performance benefits.
50% improvement in loiter time to persist longer in areas of interest with reduced risk
35% increase in range so pilots can fly longer in more combat scenarios
25% reduction in fuel consumption for enhanced mission capability
60% heat absorption to accommodate next-generation weapons technology
Adaptive Cycle Engine Models
Adaptive Cycle Engine
Designed for next-generation combat aircraft, the Adaptive Cycle Engine automatically alternates between high-thrust and high-efficiency modes to dramatically transform tomorrow’s missions.