General Electric F414-GE-400

About the F414-GE-400 Engine:

The F414-GE-400 is a 22,000-pound class afterburning turbofan engine. The engine features an axial compressor with 3 fan stages and 7 high-pressure compressor stages, and 1 high-pressure and 1 low-pressure turbine stage. At a weight of 2,445 pounds, the F414-GE-400 has a thrust-to-weight ratio of 9. The F414 is one of the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced aircraft engines. It incorporates advanced technology with the proven design base of its F404 predecessor - for example the F414 features a FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) system - to provide the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the EA-18G Growler with a durable, reliable and easy-to-maintain engine.

The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a carrier-based, twin-engine, high-performance, multi-mission, tactical fighter and attack aircraft. With its selected external equipment the aircraft can be optimized to accomplish both fighter and attack missions. The F/A-18E/F provides a 40 percent increase in combat radius, a 50 percent increase in endurance, 25 percent greater weapons payload, three times more ordnance, and is five times more survivable than the F/A-18 A/C models. These major performance improvements are mainly due to the F414-GE-400 engine, which is more powerful than the F404 used on the F/A-18 A/C Hornet.

The engine entered production in 1998 after a successful engineering, research, and development program. So far, the F414-GE-400 has proved to be a highly reliable power plant.

The F414 delivers 35% more thrust than the original F404, which significantly improves the range, payload and survivability of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and EA-18G Electronic Attack Fighters.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and General Electric Co.

Engine Type:

Two-Spool Afterburning Turbofan Engine


F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
EA-18G Growler


In Production


General Electric Co.

Price/Unit Cost:

$4.32 million (in 2014)

General Electric F414-GE-400 Turbofan Engine

Last Update: June 10, 2014.

By Joakim Kasper Oestergaard /// (

External Resources:

GE Aviation's F414 Site: General Electric F414-GE-400

YouTube: F414-GE-400 on YouTube

Fact Sheet: Not available


Engine Specifications: F414-GE-400 Turbofan

Manufacturer: General Electric Co.
Thrust: 22,000 pounds
Overall Pressure Ratio at Maximum Power: 30
Thrust-to-Weight Ratio: 9
Compressor: Two spool, axial flow, three-stage fan
LP-HP Compressor Stages: 0-7
HP-LP Turbine Stages: 1-1
Combustor Type: Annular
Engine Control: FADEC
Length: 154 in (3.91 m)
Diameter: 35 in (88.9 cm)
Dry Weight: 2,445 lbs (1,109 kg)
Applications: F/A-18E/F Super Hornet; EA-18G Growler
Price/Unit Cost: $4.32 million (in 2014)
First Run: 1993
First Flight: November 29, 1995

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