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GE Aviation awarded £579million for engine production

One of Gloucestershire's biggest employers has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by the US Air Force.

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) has awarded GE Aviation, which has its UK headquarters in Bishops Cleeve, four contract actions valued at around $707million (£579million) for F110-GE-129 engine production, as reported by Intelligent Aerospace.

The contracts will provide F110 engines, installation, spares and modernised engine management system computers for Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft, as well as the Boeing F-15QA Advanced Eagle. The contracts involve foreign military sales to Bulgaria, Slovakia, Qatar and Taiwan.

It is not known whether any of this work will be carried out in Gloucestershire.

GE's F110 engine already powers 86 percent of F-15s delivered globally over the last 15 years and 70 percent of today's most advanced USAF F-16C/D fleet. GE Aviation also powers two-thirds of U.S. military fighters and helicopters.

GE's engines have been essential to the military response to coronavirus in the US and around the world.

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