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Navy taps General Electric for F/A-18 engines

By Sam Howard
Navy taps General Electric for F/A-18 engines
An F/A-18 Hornet, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312, launches off the flight deck of USS Harry S. Truman on September 15, 2009. The Navy has exercised a contract option with General Electric for work on engines in the aircraft. File photo by Matthew Williams/U.S. Navy/UPI | License Photo

April 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has exercised a contract option with Generic Electric for engines in its F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

The $91.6 million contract modification will pay for 24 F414-GE-400 engines, to be installed in F/A-18 aircraft, according to a Defense Department news release.

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Work on the contract will be conducted by General Electric in Lynn, Mass., Hooksett, N.H., Rutland, Vt., and Madisonville, Ky., and is expected to be completed in February 2019.

The Navy will pay the full $91.6 million at the time of the award using fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement funds.

The U.S. Navy also uses the F414-GE-400 engine in its EA18G Growler aircraft, according to General Electric. The engines are in the 22,000-pound thrust class.

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