GE has already provided over 300 LM2500 gas turbines for the U.S. Navy’s existing fleet of Arleigh Burke destroyers. The LM2500 modules will use a GE lightweight composite that “offers significant performance advantages over a steel design in terms of weight, noise, access and life-cycle costs,” GE said.
GE and GE Aviation are huge employers in Ohio and the Dayton area. Considered Ohio’s largest manufacturing employer, GE Aviation makes commercial and military jet engines and parts and has more than 9,000 employees in Southwest Ohio, including its plant in Evendale.
The GE Aviation EPISCenter in Dayton researches electrical power in aviation uses. There are about 335 GE Aviation employees in Vandalia and about 1,600 total employees at three Dayton-area sites — including Unison Industries Dayton in Beavercreek and TDI-GE Aviation, also in Vandalia.