F-35 Fighter Jet Has World’s Most Advanced Engine, Says Developer

July 23 10:21 2016 Print This Article

(Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet has the most powerful fighter engine in the world, according to developers Pratt & Whitney. Matthew Stock reports.

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is the star attraction at this year’s Farnborough Airshow.

It’s perhaps the most sophisticated jet ever built.

It’s also one of the most expensive, at over 100 millions dollars each.

A large part of that cost is the F135 engine engine that powers it.

MARK BUONGIORNO, VICE PRESIDENT OF F135 PROPULSION SYSTEM, PRATT & WHITNEY:

“The F-35 is the most powerful, the most advanced fighter jet in the world today. And it is powered by our F135 engine, which is the most powerful 5th generation engine available in the world today.”

The F-35 jet comes in three variants – the F-35B seen here is known as a STOVL aircraft, which stands for short take-off/vertical landing.

It can take-off from a far shorter runway than conventional jets, and land vertically like a helicopter.

The F135 engine makes this possible.

MARK BUONGIORNO, VICE PRESIDENT OF F135 PROPULSION SYSTEM, PRATT & WHITNEY:

“So here you have an engine that also has the ability to generate supersonic thrust, as well as has stealth characteristics, as well as being able to adapt and perform the STOVL [Standard Take-off and Vertical Landing] landing; or the short take-off or the vertical landing operations.”

The engine generates more than 40,000 pounds of thrust and is capable of speeds up to Mach 1.6 – that’s about 544 miles-per-hour.

Its makers Pratt & Whitney recently won $1.5 billion in funding to help take the technology further.

MARK BUONGIORNO, VICE PRESIDENT OF F135 PROPULSION SYSTEM, PRATT & WHITNEY:

“Today we are working with the U.S. government through the Pentagon to develop additional capability, and demonstrate new technologies that we can bring to the F135 that will keep us a generation ahead.”

Numerous countries have placed orders, with Lockheed expecting to sell 3,000 F-35s in the coming decades.

Meanwhile, this F-35 will continue to make a lot of noise at the Farnborough Airshow, which runs until July 17.