By The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Spartan logistics might not be a new idea, but it’s now coming to the military.
Military.com reports (http://bit.ly/2f5pY5l) a company called Spartan Solutions is working on what it calls “the most powerful, least expensive and most environmentally-friendly logistics solution in the world.”
The company’s goal is to make military logistics more efficient by reducing waste, water and power usage, and it’s looking to commercialize its technology by the end of the decade.
It’s based on the idea that soldiers need to move more quickly and efficiently, and the solution is powered by an engine that uses energy from the solar panels on soldiers’ vehicles to run its own energy.
The company has developed its own engine, but the military hasn’t yet bought one.
The Pentagon is funding the company’s development, but officials said the Pentagon is still considering other possible partners.
Spartan Solutions founder and CEO Chris Brown said the company is in talks with several major military contractors, including Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Raytheon.
He said the U.S. military is willing to buy his company’s engine for $2.4 million.
The military has been buying Spartan’s engine since 2011.
The engine, which is also used by the U,S.
Army, Navy and Marine Corps, uses the same principles as the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines that power the military’s F-35 fighter jets, said Brown.
It also uses a similar type of composite materials and composite materials are used to make the engine’s power supply.
The military has about 500 F-16s and F-18s in its fleet.
The F-22 Raptor is the only F-4 and F/A-18 aircraft in the fleet.
Brown said military officials are willing to purchase the engine for a much lower price than its $2 million price tag.
Somewhat surprisingly, military officials said they haven’t yet decided whether to buy the engine.
They have been working on the engines for years, and they have proven themselves reliable, said Lt.
Col. John Mims, spokesman for the Defense Logistics Agency, which administers the DOD’s fleet.
Sitting in the Pentagon’s logistics office, Brown said Spartan has no plans to enter commercial operations yet.
The company hopes to launch its engine commercial by 2020.
Brown declined to comment on the potential sale price, saying the company would discuss the issue at its upcoming board meeting in June.
The Pentagon’s fleet of F-17s, F-15s, MQ-1 Predator jets and F12s are all based on Spartan’s engines, so the company may have a competitive advantage over others, Brown noted.
The U.s. has more than 20 of Spartan’s F/As and is looking to buy one or two, he said.
The U. of A is also considering buying Spartan engines, said Michael McKeon, director of the department of aerospace engineering and technology.
“The U of A has made an investment in Spartan,” he said, “and we will continue to invest in the company to ensure we can deliver the best quality and the safest possible fuel for our aircraft and our troops.”
Brown, a former NASA engineer, said the engine will be able to handle more fuel than the Pratt-Whitney Rocketdynes that power Boeing’s 747 and 757 aircraft.
The Spartan engines have been in the works for years and the company already has a fleet of more than 5,000 F-117 fighters, Brown added.
The government is interested in buying up to 10,000 of Spartan engines and its next goal is 30,000, Brown and McKeone said.
Brown is hopeful that the military will use the engine to power the F-36 fighter jet, a proposed new generation of fighter jet that is expected to enter service in 2021.
The Air Force is working with Lockheed on the fighter.
The F-14, F/ A-6 and F.A.A.-130 aircraft have similar engines.
The new generation fighter will use Pratt-Malden engines, which Brown says could make it easier to produce the fuel for military planes.