FADEC: The brains behind the brawn optimizing the world’s aircraft engines
The world leader in full authority digital engine control (FADEC) design, production, and support, BAE Systems is a preferred supplier to GE Aviation and CFM International, with 35+ years experience and an installed base of 30,000 aircraft engines.
In modern aircraft, full authority digital engine control (FADEC) makes flight simpler, safer, more efficient, and more predictable. By constantly monitoring and automatically adjusting an aircraft’s engine performance and related criteria throughout each flight, our FADECs allow pilots to focus their energy and attention on the environments they are flying through and the security of their passengers or cargo.
BAE Systems has a rich heritage in FADEC systems, having developed and improved multiple generations of FADECs since their inception over 35 years ago. And, as a member of FADEC International and FADEC Alliance, BAE Systems continues to lead the industry in the evolution of the technology, including our state-of-the-art FADEC on GE, Engine Alliance and CFM International engines powering Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, COMAC, Embraer, and other leading aircraft.
The benefits of BAE Systems FADEC
- Electronic management of essential power systems for optimized engine performance
- Efficient engine status monitoring minimizes fleet disruptions
- Multi-generation product family approach
- Aftermarket service and support with a trusted OEM through our FADEC overhaul program
Our advanced FADEC product line
Introduced in 1988, the evolution of our full authority digital engine controls began with the development of the FADEC 1 – designed to accommodate multiple Boeing and Airbus commercial platforms. The FADEC 1 is manufactured and supported by FADEC International, a joint venture between BAE Systems and Safran.
Introduced in 1989, our FADEC 2 models were built for both narrow and wide-body aircraft manufactured by Boeing and Airbus. The FADEC 2 is produced and supported by FADEC International, a joint venture between BAE Systems and Safran.
The FADEC 3 was developed to support both commercial and military platforms. The first FADEC 3 was introduced in 2000 but has had additional products developed in 2008, 2011, and 2012. The FADEC 3 is produced and supported by FADEC International, a joint venture between BAE Systems and Safran.
Our CF34 FADEC units are installed on regional aircraft manufactured by Bombardier and Embraer. This FADEC is produced and supported by BAE Systems.
The newest FADEC currently in service – on the LEAP and Passport 20 engines – were produced and developed to serve in the Airbus 320neo, Boeing 737 MAX, and Bombardier Global 7000/8000. It is also slated to control the COMAC C919 upon its introduction. LEAP/PP20 FADECs are designed and built by FADEC Alliance – a partnership between GE and FADEC International, a joint venture of BAE Systems and Safran.
- Airbus: 320neo
- Boeing: 737 MAX
- Bombardier: Global 7000 and 8000
- COMAC: C919
The GE9X FADEC is designed to control the new GE9X engine – considered the most fuel efficient engine GE Aviation has ever produced - which will power Boeing’s next-generation 777X aircraft. It will be offered through FADEC Alliance, a partnership between GE Aviation and FADEC International, a joint venture of BAE Systems and Safran.
- Boeing: 777X
The GE Catalyst™ FADEPC (full authority digital engine and propeller control) is a first for the industry and delivers single-lever power control, reducing pilot workload while providing greater levels of control and responsiveness. It is the brains behind the GE Catalyst™ engine powering the Cessna Denali turboprop. It will be offered through FADEC Alliance, a partnership between GE Aviation and FADEC International, a joint venture of BAE Systems and Safran.
- Cessna: Denali