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Ohio research institute wins $100 million Air Force contract

The University of Dayton Research Institute and Universal Technology Corp. of Beavercreek have won the opportunity to compete in a multi-year, $100 million contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Researchers will develop propulsion technologies for the Aerospace Systems Directorate under the deal, according to the Department of Defense.

The first Air Force order is $300,000 for research of gas turbine engines with UDRI, according to the university. The Defense Department reported the first order at $100,000.

UDRI has the opportunity to bid on future work when it become available, said UDRI spokeswoman Pamela Gregg in an email. “The contract comes with an initial work order of $300,000 for turbine research, so that’s work we’re actually getting now,” Gregg added.

Universal Technology has initial totalling orders worth more than $300,000, according to the Defense Department.

The contract continues through June 2021. It provides funding in three key areas: aircraft turbine engines; energy, aerospace power and thermal management; and advanced propulsion, according to the Department of Defense.

The work will focus on engine components, mechanical systems, energy distribution and high-speed propulsion, among a wide range of research, the university said in a statement.

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