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Fighter Aircraft

Fighter Aircraft

MTU Aero Engines is one of the world’s leading companies in the development and production of engines for combat aircraft. The company looks back on a long history of military jet engine construction: Initially, it engaged in the production under license of the German Air Force’s GE-J79s powering the Starfighter and F4 Phantom, also providing support for the engines. From 1969 on, MTU partnered with Rolls-Royce and Avio Aero to design and manufacture the first “European” engine, the RB199 for the Tornado multi-role combat aircraft. Moreover, MTU had a workshare in the Larzac 04 powering the Alpha Jet, producing about 25 percent of the parts.

With a workshare of some 30 percent, MTU also plays a major role in the success of the EJ200 engine powering the Eurofighter Typhoon. Always ready to take on new challenges and engage in partnerships, MTU was given an opportunity to take production stakes in a number of U.S. engine programs (F110 and F414) for the F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighter aircraft.

Joining forces with Safran Aircraft Engines, MTU will carry out the design, development, production and support of the propulsion system for the Next Generation Fighter, or NGF for short, in the decades ahead. The engine, dubbed Next European Fighter Engine (NEFE), will play a key role in the military engine business in Europe over the next few decades. As part of the partnership, MTU will assume responsibility for the high-pressure compressor, low-pressure compressor, low-pressure turbine and control systems, these technologies being its core competencies, and provide support for the engine throughout its lifetime, from its development through its in-service phase.

Eurofighter Typhoon QRA at JG-73 GAF Neuberg

EJ200

A two-shaft turbofan in the 90 kN thrust category with an afterburner, the EJ200 is built by EUROJET Turbo GmbH, a consortium formed by MTU, Rolls-Royce, Avio Aero and ITP. The engine powers the Eurofighter and its export version, the Typhoon.

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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 at the heart of the FCAS. The aircraft is expected to be available for entry into service by 2040, powered by the Next European Fighter Engine (NEFE). The innovative propulsion system will be developed and built jointly by MTU and Safran Aircraft Engines.

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