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Swedish air force meets its mach with jet engine biofuels testing

The jet aircraft powered by 100% biofuel
The jet aircraft powered by 100% biofuel
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted aerospace engineers to continue biofuel testing of the RM12 engine.
The testing is being carried out by GKN Aerospace Sweden and the biofuel for this test is manufactured by Swedish Biofuels AB.
The test is part of a bilateral biojet-project collaboration between FMV and the US air force, which began in October 2013 and will be completed later this year.
In March 2017, a Gripen aircraft with an RM12 engine completed a successful flight demonstration powered by 100% renewable biofuel, showing excellent performance both in-flight and on the ground. No engine changes or modifications were required for this demonstration.
The 2020 test will demonstrate the capability in the engine test cells, flexibility in measurement systems, designing and feeding fuel to the engine. Both FMV and GKN Aerospace are strongly committed to renewable fuel and reduction of the environmental impact of aerospace.
GKN Aerospace is also involved in the Clean Sky programme which is the largest European research programme developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft.
Stefan Oscarsson, vice president for government and space programmes at GKN Aerospace, said: “This FMV contract will help us build understanding and in depth data, and takes us a further step towards sustainable aviation together with FMV. It’s an exciting milestone in a key growth area for GKN Aerospace.”
The jet aircraft powered by 100% biofuel