General Electric (NYSE: GE) is providing new engines for C-5 planes under the U.S. Air Force’s .4 billion program that aims to upgrade the aircraft’s capabilities, DoD Buzz reported Thursday.
Kris Osborn writes the Air Force has moved to replace some of the A, B and C models of the C-5 aircraft with 52 new C-5M Super Galaxy planes, each spanning 65 feet with a 222-foot wingspan and designed to contain a 840,000-pound load.
Air Force Spokesman Ed Gulick told DoD Buzz the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining program aims to upgrade the C-5’s fuel efficiency, range, payload capability and air traffic management by 2017.
Gulick also told the publication GE has supplied F138-GE-100 engines to replace the TF39 engines of 11 C-5 planes thus far.
The modification program builds on the previously executed Avionics Modernization Program aimed at updating the electronics and avionics capabilities of the C-5, according to the report.
Gulick told DoD Buzz the modernization effort involves two phases, first the AMP upgrades and later the RERP.