GKN Aerospace completes first run of RM16 engine in test rig

Run of RM16 engine in test rig ©GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace has successfully completed the first engine run of the state-of-the-art RM16 engine that will power the JAS 39 Gripen E. This landmark enables GKN Aerospace to deliver full RM16 product support to the Swedish Armed Forces, ensuring engine availability for future Swedish Air Force missions.

The RM16 is based on the General Electric F414 aero-engine that powers the F-18 Super Hornet. GKN Aerospace has been collaborating with GE and SAAB to build up the necessary infrastructure to support the RM16. FMV selected GKN Aerospace to be the product support and MRO provider for the RM16 in 2020 with the aim of utilising synergies between the RM12 and the RM16 engine as much as possible. GKN Aerospace is an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and a long-term service provider for the RM12 engine and holder of the military type certificate (MTC).

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