GE secures $20M Air Force contract to sustain industrial base

General Electric’s Global Operations Center at The Banks in downtown Cincinnati. CONTRIBUTED

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General Electric’s Global Operations Center at The Banks in downtown Cincinnati. CONTRIBUTED

General Electric Co. has landed a $20,000,000 modification to a contract for COVID-19 industrial base support.

The contract modification is being used to preserve an “at risk industrial base impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Department of Defense said.

The contract is intended to protect DOD investment in current and future military applications.

This contract is meant to help GE Aviation maintain capability and capacity to refine technologies critical to multiple current and future combat technologies. The $20 million contract will preserve skilled and experienced design and mechanical engineers, helping GE Aviation retain workforce capabilities and sustain engineering positions put at risk by the commercial aviation contraction during the pandemic.

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GE has said it is cutting as many as 13,000 jobs in its jet engine business after the coronavirus pandemic devastated the aerospace industry, a development the Defense Department has no doubt noticed.

GE Aviation last month announced plans to accelerate cost-cutting by permanently cutting its global workforce by as much as 25% this year.

Work for the new contract will be performed in Cincinnati, and is expected to be completed Jan. 31, 2021. Funds in the amount of $15,868,844 are being obligated at the time of award.

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

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