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Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE)

The VAATE program is a joint government and industry effort to develop revolutionary and innovative technologies by the 2017 timeframe that will permit an order of magnitude increase in turbo-propulsion affordability over the year 2000 state-of-the-art technology.

The ADaptive Versatile ENgine Technology (ADVENT) program involved developing game-changing technologies for future military and commercial engines. The program, which began in 2008, is developing a variable engine cycle, greater component efficiencies, and new materials technologies to provide future aircraft with far greater range and mission flexibility.

For the past two years, GE has been engaged in Phase I of ADVENT, which involved preliminary and detailed design, analysis, and risk-deduction activities. This development work involved running a full annular combustor rig, component and rig tests using ceramic matrix composite materials, and testing of a full core engine (consisting of the compressor, combustor, high-pressure turbine), which featured GE's most advanced compression system. After an extensive evaluation, the USAF determined that GE's efforts earned continued funding, with Phase II expected to continue through 2012.

"Several key technologies will be demonstrated in Phase II, including a hot section featuring ceramic matrix composites, demonstration of a high-pressure ratio core and an advanced variable pressure ratio fan, and GE's next-generation cooled turbine," said Jeff Martin, GE's general manager for the ADVENT program. "These technologies, if successfully demonstrated, will find a home on the next-generation of GE jet engines."

The ADVENT technology demonstrator program, undertaken by GE Aviation, is funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). ADVENT is part of the Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) Program, an initiative sponsored by industry and Government partners to advanced state-of-the-art turbine engine technology for military aviation.

General Electric Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, on January 20, 2015 was awarded a $325,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract for Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) III and Beyond. Work will be performed at Cincinnati, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 27, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 34 offers received. Fiscal year 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $451,400 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-15-D-2501).

Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, on January 28, 2015 was awarded a $75,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract for Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines (VAATE) III & Beyond. This effort focuses on Phase III of the VAATE program with future efforts for beyond Phase III. Work will be performed at Phoenix, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 23, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 34 offers received. Fiscal year 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $150,000 are being obligated at the time of award for task order 0001. Air Force Research Laboratories Wright Research Site Aerospace Systems Contracting Branch for Turbine Engines, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-15-D-2504).

Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, California, on March 12, 2015 was awarded a $30,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engines III (VAATE) and beyond.This effort focuses on Phase III of the VAATE program with future efforts for beyond Phase III. Work will be performed at Huntington Beach, California, and is expected to be complete by March 12, 2023. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 34 offers received. Fiscal year 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $106,502 are being obligated for task order 0001 at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratories, Wright Research Site Aerospace Systems Contracting Branch for Turbine Engines, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-15-D-2507).



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