A welder at work at GE Aviation’s Unison operation in Beavercreek. GE AVIATION PHOTO
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GE lands $11.6M jet propulsion contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded one of the state’s biggest employers an $11.66 million contract to help devise the jet propulsion systems of the future.

General Electric Co., based in Cincinnati, has been awarded an $11,660,580 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to research future concepts for advanced propulsion system technology for the next generation engine, the Department of Defense said late Monday. The work also involves research into integrated power and thermal management systems as well as potential capabilities for the next generation jet engine aircraft in support of the Navy’s Propulsion and Power Engineering Department.

Work will be performed in Cincinnati and is expected to be completed in September 2022.

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GE Aviation is a key Ohio employer. The company has 1,500 employees working in four Dayton-area facilities, sites which see a $1 billion annual investment, according to the company. About 9,000 Ohioans work for the company in total.

This contract was competitively procured via a broad agency announcement, and the department considered nine offers. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, N.J. is the contracting activity here.

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