GKN Aerospace has been selected to provide technical support, maintenance, repair, and support for Swedish Gripen E's RM16 engines, reports 50skyshades.
The RM16 engine is based on the General Electric F414 aero-engine that features an increased thrust for air-to-air weapons improvements, increased air-to-surface capability and enhanced electric airborne attack.
As a part of this contract, GKN Aerospace will work with Saab and GE to build the infrastructure for technical support in Trollhättan, Sweden, and develop competence for the new engine type. GKN has worked on earlier Gripen engines as well; it has been supporting the RM12 aero-engines since the first Gripen aircraft went into service in 1997. In fact, the company has been supplying fighter engines to the Swedish Air Force since 1930.
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