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GE Launches F414G Engine for Saab's Gripen Demonstrator Program

June 19, 2007

LeBOURGET -- Saab has selected GE Aviation's new F414G fighter engine to power its Gripen Aircraft Demonstrator Program. Two F414 Engines are currently being delivered for flight-test and customer demonstration evaluations planned for 2008-2010.

The F414G uses a similar architecture to the popular F414-GE-400 engine powering the F/A-18 Super Hornet, with minor changes to the alternator for added aircraft power, and modified Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) software for enhanced single-engine operation. The F414 engine is capable of producing more than 22,000 pounds (96 kN) of thrust.

"This extension of the proven F414 product line will help ensure the Gripen remains at the leading edge of performance and capability," said F404/F414 program manager Tony Mathis. "We have a long and successful history supporting the Gripen program, and look forward to this next chapter."

The Demonstrator program includes the development of a new test-flying platform, the Gripen Demo, which complements the successful Gripen C/D version currently being delivered to customers worldwide. A potential fleet of approximately 200 aircraft is anticipated.

F414 engines combine advanced technology with proven reliability, maintainability and operability of its successful F404 predecessor that powers the F/A-18C/D, while providing 35% more thrust. With approximately 750,000 flight-hours and 700 engines delivered, the F414 engine continues to exceed U.S. Navy reliability goals. In addition to the Saab Gripen Demo, the F414 is also a potential powerplant for a variety of light fighter, combat and trainer aircraft under development.

GE Aviation, a part of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is one of the world's leading manufacturers of jet engines for civil and military aircraft.

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