WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today received confirmation from U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew that the Continuing Resolution, will continue funding for the Joint Strike Fighter F136 competitive engine. The competitive engine, the F136, is being developed by General Electric (GE) in Evendale. Proponents for a sole sourced, non-competitive engine had incorrectly argued that a CR would not require the administration to fund the program in previous drafts of the spending bill.
“This is good news for GE Aviation workers in Evendale and good news for Ohio. Continued federal funding means that Ohio workers can continue building an engine that is good for our military and good for Southwest Ohio’s economy,” Brown said. “Every two seconds of every single day, a GE engine lifts a plane into the air. And today, the work Evendale employees do is as important as ever. As we rebuild our economy, we are renewing our focus on American manufacturing.”
“GE Aviation is deeply gratified by the diligent work of Sen. Brown in protecting the critically important F136 competitive engine for the Joint Strike Fighter. Ensuring competing JSF engines is vital to the country,” President and CEO of GE Aviation David Joyce said.
Brown sent a letter to OMB Director Lew seeking confirmation that the Administration would follow Congress’ mandate for funding the competitive engine program under a Continuing Resolution. OMB responded that the Continuing Resolution, as drafted, would follow Congressional intent and continue the competitive engine program.
Last year, Brown helped secure $465 million in federal funds to support the creation of a competitive engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) propulsion system. In April 2010, Brown visited the GE Aviation facility in Evendale to address workers and get an update on the development of the Joint Strike Fighter F136 competitive engine.
In July 2009, 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. This engine competition for the F-35 saves money and improves our national security.
GE makes the competitive engine with its partner Rolls-Royce and much of the testing will be done in Evendale. The engine program has created hundreds of jobs and could lead to many thousands depending on how many engines are produced. The Joint Strike Fighter is the largest weapon procurement program in history.