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GE awarded $51.5M to provide Super Hornet engines

GE awarded $51.5M to provide Super Hornet engines
An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the "Sunliners" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81, takes off from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Atlantic Ocean in December 2019. On Tuesday General Electric received $51.5 million to procure engines and other parts for the Boeing-made Super Hornet. Photo by Victoria Sutton/U.S. Navy 

April 7 (UPI) -- General Electric was awarded a $51.5 million contract to procure engines and other parts for the Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

The deal modifies an earlier contract awarded in 2018 and funds the procurement of eight GE F414-400 spare engines, 11 afterburner modules and 12 low pressure turbine modules for the Super Hornet, which is made by Boeing.

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The Super Hornet is a twin-engine multirole fighter used by the United States and Australia. The first operational Super Hornet squadron was formed in June 2001.

More than half the work on the deal will be performed at GE's worksite in Lynn, Mass., with other parts of the project being carried out at various U.S. campuses.

In February Boeing delivered the first F/A-18 Super Hornet upgraded under its service life modification contract to the Navy.

The company plans to deliver five more this year.

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