General Electric F110

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F110-GE Turbofan Engine.jpg
A F110-GE turbofan engine to be used in an F-16, ca.1986
Type Turbofan
National origin United States
Manufacturer General Electric
First run 1980s
Major applications General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
Mitsubishi F-2
Developed from General Electric F101
Variants General Electric F118

The General Electric F110 is an afterburning turbofan jet engine produced by GE Aviation. The F110 engine uses the same engine core design as the General Electric F101. The F118 is a non-afterburning variant. The engine is also license-built in Eskisehir, Turkey by TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI).[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

Video of F110 testing


The F-14A entered service with the United States Navy in 1973 powered by Pratt & Whitney TF30s. By the end of the decade, following numerous problems with the original engine (and similar problems with the Pratt & Whitney F100 on the F-15 and F-16), the DoD began procuring the upgraded TF30-P-414As. While these engines solved the serviceability problems, the fuel consumption and thrust was comparable to the initial model–considerably less than what the F-14 had been designed for.

In 1979, a derivative of the GE F101 turbofan called the F101-X was selected to power the F-14 and was later designated the F110-GE-400. The primary difference between the F110-GE-400 and the F110-GE-100 is length - the F110-GE-400 has a 50-inch (1.3 m) tailpipe extension to suit the F-14 airframe, which is fitted downstream of the augmentor (afterburner section). The F110-GE-400 engine produced 28,200 lbf (125 kN) of uninstalled thrust with afterburner; installed thrust is 23,400 lbf (104 kN) with afterburner at sea level, which rose to 30,200 lbf (134 kN) at Mach 0.9.[3] This provided a significant increase over the TF30's maximum uninstalled thrust of 20,900 lbf (93 kN).[4] These upgraded jets were known as F-14Bs, as were production aircraft powered by the F110. The same engine also powers the final variant of the aircraft, the F-14D.


The F-16 Fighting Falcon entered service powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100 afterburning turbofan. Seeking a way to drive unit costs down, the USAF implemented the Alternative Fighter Engine (AFE) program in 1984, under which the engine contract would be awarded through competition. The F110 currently powers 86% of the USAF F-16C/Ds (June 2005).

The F110-GE-100 provides around 4,000 lbf (17.8 kN) more thrust than the F100-PW-200 and requires more air, which led to the increase in the area of the engine intake. The F-16C/D Block 30/32s were the first to be built with a common engine bay, able to accept both engines, with block 30s having the bigger intake (known as "Big Mouth") and block 32s retaining the standard intake.

Initial orders were for the F110-GE-100 rated at 28,000 lbf (125 kN). Later versions of the F110 include the F110-GE-129 delivering 29,400 lbf (131 kN) thrust and the F110-GE-132 delivering 32,500 lbf (145 kN)

The United Arab Emirates' Block 60 is powered by the General Electric F110-GE-132 turbofan, which is rated at a maximum thrust of 32,500 lbf (145 kN), the most powerful variant of General Electric F110 engine.[5][6] The -129 can be upgraded to -132.[7][8]

The proposed Lockheed Martin-Tata F-21 fighter for the Indian Air Force Indian MRCA competition 2.0 competition is to be powered by the General Electric F110-GE-132 turbofan. [9]


An F110 engine undergoes performance testing at the Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center.

F110-GE-129 engines, with 29,400 lbf (131 kN) of thrust, power 40 F-15 fighters of South Korea. This is the first time production F-15s will be powered by a GE engine, since all previous F-15 models were powered by Pratt and Whitney. The GE engines will be manufactured through a joint licensing agreement with Samsung Techwin Company. It has also been chosen by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) to power its F-15SG, and Saudi Arabia to power its F-15SA.

The latest F-15EX uses the F110-GE-129 engines.[10]



An F110-GE viewed through the exhaust nozzle of a Grumman F-14D Tomcat


Data from General Electric,[12][13] American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME),[14] MTU[15]

General characteristics




Data from General Electric, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Forecast International[17][8]

General characteristics



See also[edit]

Related development

Comparable engines

Related lists


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2014-11-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ F-16 Air Forces - Turkey. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  3. ^ NAVAIR 01-F-14AAD-1A F-14D NATOPS FLIGHT MANUAL January 2004 PART 1 CH-2 Section 2.2 "Engine" pg "2-9".
  4. ^ Flight Global Archive
  5. ^ Global Security: F110 Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  6. ^ "F110-GE-132 Engine Completes Initial Flight Tests". GE Aviation. 16 June 2003. Archived from the original on 11 December 2005.
  7. ^ "GE Launches F110 Fighter Engine Variant with $400 Million Win at United Arab Emirates". General Electric. 14 March 2000.
  8. ^ a b "F110-GE-132 turbofan engines" (PDF). General Electric.
  9. ^ "The F110 Engine | GE Aviation".
  10. ^ "GE ships first engines for F-15EX fighter".
  11. ^ "General Electric beats Rolls-Royce to power Turkey's indigenous fighter jet". 31 October 2018.
  12. ^ GE Aviation F110-GE-129/F110-GE-132
  13. ^ datasheet GE-129 - pdf
  14. ^ Wadia, A.R.; James, F.D. (2000). F110-GE-129 EFE – Enhanced Power Through Low Risk Derivative Technology (Technical report). ASME.
  15. ^ F110-GE-129 datasheet
  16. ^ "F−14 TF30−P−414 TO F110−GE−400 ENGINE UPGRADE TECHNICAL COMPARISON" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-15.
  17. ^ General Electric F110

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