The U.S. Air Force and GE have successfully concluded testing on GE's second XA100 adaptive cycle engine at the Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). With testing at AEDC completed, GE has accomplished the final major contract milestone of the Air Force's Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP), which began in 2016.The XA100 combines three key innovations to deliver a generational change in combat propulsion performance:• An adaptive engine cycle that provides both a high-thrust mode for maximum power and a high-efficiency mode for optimum fuel savings and loiter time• A third-stream architecture that provides a step-change in thermal management capability, enabling future mission systems for increased combat effectiveness• Extensive use of advanced component technologies, including ceramic matrix composites (CMC), polymer matrix composites (PMC), and additive manufacturing
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