GE Aerospace gets hefty Air Force contract for engine work

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center contract has a ceiling of $203 million.

GE Aerospace is getting an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center contract with a value of up to $203 million for work on new jet engine technologies, the Department of Defense said last week.

General Electric has been issued an undefinitized contract action with a ceiling of $203 million for “technology maturation and risk reduction services,” and a $99.5 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development, the DOD said.

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The contract seeks to advance adaptive engine technologies for a next-generation propulsion system in combat aircraft.

The award came about four months after the Air Force picked five companies to develop prototypes of a next-generation fighter jet engine, with General Electric being among them at the time.

GE’s iteration of the engine is the XA100. The company says it is engineered to switch between high-thrust and high-efficiency modes, allowing it to adapt to just about any situation a military jet could encounter. The engine has been designed for use in the Lockheed Martin F-35A and F-35C.

GE’s engine is one of two in the program’s crucial testing phase, with Pratt & Whitney’s XA101.

Basically, the award represents a continuation of the adaptive engine transition program, funding GE for 2023. Pratt & Whitney may get a similar award.

Work will be performed in Cincinnati, and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2024. A GE spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the adaptive engine program remains funded for the coming year, but declined to comment beyond that.

The contract came from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

GE Aerospace is a big employer in Southwestern Ohio. Pre-pandemic, the company had about 1,500 employees working in four Dayton-area facilities, sites which saw a $1 billion total annual investment. About 9,000 Ohioans work for the company in total.

Also last week: Air cargo carrier ABX Air Inc. in Wilmington received another military contract, named as one of the companies being awarded a modification to increase the program value of the “global heavyweight service” contract by an estimated $67,198,500.

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