WASHINGTON –The U.S. Navy has awarded General Electric a $114.8 million contract to install new turbofan jet engines on the branch's F/A-18 and EA-18G Hornet aircraft, according to the Department of Defense.
The fixed-price contract provides procurement funding for the Lot 20 and Lot 21 full-rate production of 28 F414-GE-400 engines. With 18 percent more thrust and twice the horsepower of the previous model, the engines are capable of producing 22,000 pounds of thrust, according to General Electric.
Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts; Hooksett, New Hampshire; Rutland, Vermont; and Madisonville, Kentucky, according to the DoD.
Naval Air Systems Command of Patuxent River, Maryland, is overseeing the project, which is expected to be completed in February 2019.