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GE lands $707 million jet engine contract at Wright-Patterson AFB

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Barickman, a 52nd Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, left, and Airman 1st Class Austin Wise, a 52nd MXS aerospace propulsion journeyman, install an F110-GE-129 jet engine upper-fan stator case at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, on Feb. 25, 2020.

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By THOMAS GNAU | Dayton (Ohio) Daily News | Published: April 29, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — GE Aviation in Cincinnati has been awarded four contract actions for jet engine work, valued at $707 million, winning the contract from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

General Electric Co. has been awarded $707,274,997 for four contract actions under an existing F110 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for production of F110-GE-129 engines, the Department of Defense said late Tuesday.

These actions provide for F110 engine production, including installations, spares and modernized engine-management-system computers, the Pentagon said.

The F110 family of engines powers F-15 and F-16 fighter aircraft, according to GE.

“GE Aviation is honored to support the U.S. Air Force and foreign military sale customers,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “Backed by continuous infusion of new technology, GE’s F110 engine remains the engine of choice of modern F-15 and F-16 fleets around the world.”

To date, 3,400 F110s have been ordered worldwide and the engine has surpassed 10 million flight hours.

GE’s F110 engine powers 86% of F-15s delivered globally during the past 15 years, GE also said.

Work will be performed in Cincinnati and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2026, the DOD said.

The contract is for foreign military sales to Slovakia, Bulgaria, Taiwan and Qatar, the DOD also said.

Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $353,637,499 are being obligated at the time of award.

The award is coming at a time when GE and all of the American aviation industry is facing severe challenges. On March 23, GE announced that it is planning to reduce its total U.S. workforce by about 10%. The company also froze hiring, canceled salaried merit increases, cut nonessential spending and reduced its contingent workforce.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, based at Wright-Patterson, was the contracting office.

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