Pratt, GE Battle for Future of Military Engines

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force and the Army are moving full speed ahead toward next-generation engines the services hope will significantly increase fuel efficiency and power.

And both endeavors pit two giants in the engine-building world against each other: GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney.

The Air Force is kicking off the next phase of its effort to develop adaptive engine technology, a new concept both companies have been developing for several years. Pratt and GE both submitted proposals, due Sept. 16, for the Air Force’s Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP), which is meant to build and test the new engine model.

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