GE Aviation lands big business deal with South Korea

GE Aviation landed a business deal with South Korea to supply engines for some of the country’s fighter aircraft.

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) selected the Evendale-based company as the preferred bidder to supply F414 engines for the KF-X, the country’s next-generation indigenous fighter aircraft.

The KF-X — powered by GE’s F414 engines — will deliver a greater mission capability, extended combat radius and longer lifespan, according to DAPA.

“Securing this advanced aircraft application feeds into the F414’s already-vast experience powering United States and international militaries,” said Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Military Systems Operation.

The KF-X aircraft will be designed and built by Korea Aerospace Industries — partnering with Lockheed Martin Corp. — and is estimated to be a $7.4 billion project. Six prototype fighters are scheduled for production by 2021.

The F414 engine also powers the United States Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.

GE Aviation is a world-leading provider of jet, turboshaft and turbopop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation, according to the company.

GE Aviation is an operation unit of General Electric Co., Ohio’s largest manufacturing employer of more than 15,000 people, according to state records. In Southwest Ohio, where its aviation unit is headquartered, GE anchors an aerospace parts manufacturing industry that employs thousands in the region, including two locations in Dayton.

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