Military Aircraft Engines

Next European Fighter Engine

New challenges call for new responses. When it comes to the protection of the German and European airspace, the solution is a system made up of manned and unmanned flight vehicles, dubbed the Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The Next Generation Fighter (NGF) will be an essential part of such an FCAS. The NGF is expected to be available for entry into service by 2040 - powerd by Next European Fighter Engine (NEFE).


Military aircraft are heavy-duty machines – built for extreme stresses and breathtaking maneuvers. Accordingly, the requirements imposed on engines are very stringent. MTU Aero Engines has been satisfying these requirements for decades. As the industrial lead company for practically all engines flown by the German Armed Forces, the company contributes its expertise and know-how and plays a key role in most important European military engine programs.

MTU’s activities in these programs span the full gamut from development, production and assembly to maintenance. For instance MTU contributes the compressors and engine control units to the EJ200 engine powering the Eurofighter-Typhoon and the TP400-D6 engine powering the Airbus A400M. The company moreover performs final assembly of the EJ200 engines powering the German military customer’s Eurofighter jets, all TP400-D6 turboprop engines and all MTR390-2C/E turboshaft engines in Munich.

MTU has also gained access to markets outside Europe and has acquired shares in the U.S. F414 (F/A-18 Super Hornet) and the T408 (CH-53K heavy lift helicopter) engine programs, contributing highly-advanced engine components as a risk- and revenue-sharing partner.