Moulton Secures Significant New Federal Investment for Lynn GE Facility
August 19th, 2016
The federal contract will support new jobs in the Sixth District and contribute to protecting our service men and women
Salem, MA – Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) announced that the United States Army Contracting Command (ACC) has awarded GE Aviation a 24-month contract to lead the design of its GE3000 engine for the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). Moulton has been a key advocate for securing this contract in Lynn, working closely with GE to understand how the project supports our country’s national security and defense capabilities and actively championing the project in a letter of support sent to the Department of the Army.
“This is great news for our region and provides exciting momentum for our LEAD team efforts in Lynn,” said Moulton. “This contract will grow good-paying jobs, and it shows that GE Lynn is positioned to compete aggressively for a leading role in GE’s future engineering and advanced manufacturing needs.”
This federal investment contract will support more than 100 engineers, primarily located at the GE Aviation facility in Lynn, MA. Designing, manufacturing, and supporting T700 engines for the Army’s Black Hawk and Apache helicopters has been a significant part of GE Lynn’s business for decades. Today, GE is aggressively working to ensure that this next generation engine can deliver improved capability for our service men and women in the U.S. Army.
“The GE3000 integrates technologies demonstrated in two Army Science & Technology programs, the Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) and the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) and includes additional technologies developed across GE’s military and commercial engine portfolio,” said Harry Nahatis, general manager of GE Aviation’s Advanced Turboshaft/Turboprop projects. “The GE3000 builds upon our extensive experience powering the Black Hawk and Apache helicopters with the T700 engine, one of the most reliable and maintainable engines in service today. Combining that experience with proven technologies enables dramatic yet affordable capability improvements. The GE3000 features the latest diagnostic and prognostic tools with a uniquely maintainable architecture to provide the Army with the flexibility to improve readiness with the lowest life cycle costs.”
The GE3000 is a 3,000 shaft horsepower engine that will provide advanced turboshaft propulsion capability for the Army’s Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. Derivatives of the engine are expected to power versions of the Army’s Future Vertical Lift aircraft. The GE3000 delivers the Army’s requirements for fuel efficiency and lower maintenance cost. In addition, it provides 50% more power as well as increased performance in difficult conditions.