TOKYO — General Electric Co. will build the engines for Japan's FSX jet fighter, a spokesman for the Japanese Defense Agency said today.
The F-110-GE-129 engine was chosen because its performance would suit the FSX's low-altitude missions and Japan's short runways, the spokesman said.
GE won the contract over United Technologies Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney in a three-year bidding process.
The value of the contract was not disclosed. Japan plans to deploy about 130 of the aircraft by the late 1990s.
Japan and the United States agreed last year to develop the jet fighter, which is based on General Dynamics Corp.'s F-16.