GE F404 Engines Sold to Spanish Air Force in $145 Million Deal
LYNN, Massachusetts - GE Aircraft Engines has sold 51 of its F404-GE-400 fighter engines to the Spanish Air Force to power F/A-18s in an engine order valued at approximately $145 million.
The arrangement, which involves the Spanish Air Force acquiring new F404 engines to power 24 used F/A-18s sold from the U.S. Navy inventory, further bolsters the F404 engine family's growing presence in world military aviation.
F404-powered McDonnell Douglas F/A-18s have also been purchased by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Australia, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Kuwait, Malaysia, as well as for Spain's existing fleet. More than 3,000 F404 engines are in service worldwide. In addition to F/A-18s, the F404 powers the U.S. Air Force's F-117A Stealth Fighter and Sweden's JAS39 Gripen fighter jet.
The 24 used F/A-18s sold to the Spanish Air Force will have an operational life of more than 15 years, enhanced by new F404 engines with the latest design and material upgrades. These aircraft will be added to Spain's current fleet of F404-powered F/A-18s delivered in 1987-91.
As part of the new contract, Spain will take delivery of 13 engines in 1995. The remaining F404 engines will be delivered with the aircraft in the 1996-98 time frame.
"Engine lead times were reduced from 15 months to nine months to ensure timely delivery of these engines," said Dennis Williams, vice president and general manager of Military Engine Operations at GE Aircraft Engines. "We are benefiting from the many initiatives at GEAE to reduce our production cycles while increasing our quality. This sale was an example of how GEAE is becoming ever more responsive to customer needs."