GE joins FADEC joint venture for Leap, Passport systems

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General Electric has teamed with a BAE Systems-Sagem joint venture to develop and supply full authority digital electronic controls (FADECs) for two new families of turbofan engines.

The FADEC Alliance will supply the FADEC - the system that schedules fuel flow into to the engines during all phases of operation - for the GE Passport engine and the CFM International Leap engine series. CFM is a joint venture between GE and Snecma.

The agreement decides the FADEC system for potentially tens of thousands of engines. The Leap is selected as one engine to power the Airbus A320neo and the exclusive engine for the Boeing 737 Max and the Comac C919.

The Passport engine, meanwhile, has been selected by Bombardier to power the Global 7000 and Global 8000.

All five of the aircraft are expected to enter service between 2015 and 2018.

The FADEC International joint venture between BAE and Sagem currently supplies the system for the CFM56, which also powers the 737NG and A320.