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Brown announces $465 million for GE engine program in Cincinnati

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced the passage $465 million in federal funds to support the creation of a second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) propulsion system. The alternate engine, the F136, is being developed by General Electric (GE) in Cincinnati.

Brown helped secure funding for the Joint Strike Fighter’s Second Engine Program through the Fiscal 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which passed the Senate today by a vote of 88 to 10. “This is an investment to support our troops and create jobs in Ohio.” said Brown “Our service members must have access to the best technology and resources available. With these funds, the men and women at the Evendale plant can play a major role in making that possible.”

In July, Brown urged support for the program on the Senate floor. The F-35
program will develop and deploy the fifth-generation strike fighter aircraft
to meet the operational needs of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and
their allies. The F-35 employs cutting-edge technologies including synthetic
aperture radar integration techniques, advanced target recognition, and
advanced capabilities in its resistance to jamming, maintainability, and
logistic support. 

"We are deeply gratified for Senator Brown's support of the F136 competitive
engine for the F-35 program. His efforts have ensured that over 1,110 jobs
were saved in the state of Ohio for GE and our suppliers, and provide the
opportunity to continue to work on the most advanced fighter engine ever
developed. 2010 will be a big year for the GE / Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine
Team as we will be testing several engines and driving toward our first
flight," Jean Lydon-Rodgers, Vice President & General Manager of GE
Aviation’s Military Systems Operations said.

"This engine program is very important to the working families here at GE in
Evendale, OH and the communities that they live in," IAM Local 912 President
Matt Louiso said. "The union representatives here worked very hard with the
company and with our elected representatives in Congress to secure this work
for our members and for our company."

The funds are contained in the Fiscal 2010 Department of Defense
Appropriations Act, which will next go to President Obama for his signature
before it can become law.[[In-content Ad]]

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