Photo by Stephen Trimble
Five random items from my notebook on a gloriously beautiful day at the Paris Air Show.
1. Boeing confirms the General Electric GEnx engine, among other GE and P&W products, is in the mix for both the its 767- and 777-based options for KC-X. The GEnx currently powers the 787 and 747-8.
2. Boeing has withheld go-ahead funding for the F-15 Silent Eagle, according to Tom Bell, VP for business development. First flight and the flight test phase remain unfunded pending a review of the business case for the F-15SE over the next four months, Bell says.
3. The P-3 has a g-limit of 3.6. Its replacement, the P-8A, has a g-limit of 2.1.
4. Raytheon has a new radar: It's called the APG-82. This is actually a very clever marketing maneuver. Raytheon is supplying the AESA for the F-15E. It's a repackaged front-end from an APG-79 and a back-end derived from the APG-63(V)3. But the US Air Force-supplied designation means Raytheon can boast a "newer" radar than the Northrop Grumman APG-81 flying on the Lockheed Martin F-35.
5. The core of the F136 alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is sized to grow from 43,000lb-thrust at first flight to 45,000lb-thrust. This is compared to the Pratt & Whitney F135, which recently demonstrated 41,000lb-thrust and is scheduled to grow to 43,000lb-thrust next year.