December 2, 2019
(Courtesy: Jacksonville Business Journal)
GE Aviation, a division of General Electric Co., has landed a large deal with the U.S. Navy.
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awarded GE Aviation a $143 million contract to build 22 T408-GE-400 engines that will power the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion helicopters.
The project will keep GE Aviation facilities humming. Parts will be supplied by GE facilities in Dayton, as well as .those in Lynn, Mass.; Hooksett, N.H.; Madisonville, Ky. and Jacksonville, Fla.
“GE is proud to support the joint team of Sikorsky, NAVAIR and the Marine Corps as we begin production of the T408, the most advanced turboshaft engine in its class,” said Linda Smith, T408 Program Director at GE Aviation. “The T408’s step change in propulsion capability will deliver unprecedented performance for the warfighter.”
The engines will provide the power for the King Stallion, enabling the aircraft to carry a 27,000-pound external load over a mission radius of 110 nautical miles in Navy high/hot weather conditions, which triples the external load carrying capacity of the service’s current CH-53E Super Stallion powered by GE Aviation’s T64 engine. The CH-53K program of record is for 200 aircraft.
When compared to its predecessor — the T64 turboshaft engine that powers the Super Stallion aircraft — the T408 will provide more than 57 percent more power, 18 percent better specific fuel consumption and 63 percent fewer parts. The T408 features a more rugged compressor design to increase durability and resistance to sand erosion and salt water corrosion–features ideal to withstand the Marine Corps’ tough operating environment.
GE Aviation division has several facilities in the Dayton region, including a site in Vandalia that recently landed an $11.7 million job producing alternating generators for F/A-18 aircraft for the U.S. Navy.
General Electric has made a commitment to the Dayton region, having built the $51 million EPISCenter, which opened on the University of Dayton campus in 2013. Now, that facility has more than 300 workers.