Engine Deal

By Courtney Albon / September 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

The Defense Department has awarded  a $394 million contract to General Electric Aviation for its Adaptive Engine Technology Development program, DOD announced late Friday.

Inside the Air Force reported late last week that the service was in final negotiations with GE-Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, expecting to award up to two contracts for the four-year development program. The goal behind AETD is to mature fuel-efficient component technologies for the Air Force's future combat aircraft.

A contract for Pratt & Whitney has not yet been announced.

The service estimates AETD and its Adaptive Versatile Engine Technologies work could cut Air Force fuel consumption by 1.4 billion gallons through 2040.

The contract announcement reads:

GE-Aviation, Cincinnati, Ohio (FA8650-09-D-2922), is being awarded a $394,747,900 indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract modification for the Adaptive Engine Technology Development program. The location of the performance is Cincinnati, Ohio. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2016. The contracting activity is AFRL/RQKPB, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.