Final assembly of the CFM56-5B jet engine produced by GE Aviation joint venture CFM International.

Butler County company wins $80M Navy contract

A Butler County aircraft engine producer has been awarded a nearly $80 million contract to work for the U.S Navy and Australia.

CFM International Inc., which has offices in West Chester Twp., has been awarded a $79,981,638 firm-fixed-price, contract for the procurement of five CFM56-7B27AE engines, four CFM56-7B27AE engine compressor cases and four associated kits for the Navy, the Department of Defense said Monday.

Also part of the order is one CFM56-7B27AE engine for the government of Australia in support of the P-8 Poseidon aircraft, the government said.

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Just over half of the work on the aircraft engines will be performed in Villaroche, France (53 percent, according to the DoD), with 43 percent of the work being performed in Durham, N.C.

Three percent of the contract will be performed in Singapore and one percent in Canada.

Work is expected to be completed in September 2019.

CFM International is a joint venture between the French firm Safran and GE Aviation.

The Naval Air Systems Command, in Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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