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Friday, 31 August 2012 18:28

GE Aviation awarded $9M military contract

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GRAND RAPIDS — The U.S. military could soon be safer on the battlefield thanks to new technology being developed in West Michigan.

GE Aviation was awarded a nearly $9 million contract to support the development of surveillance systems for the military. According to a statement from the company, the contract includes a range of services, including lab testing assets, integration, repairs and engineering.

The company said the work will take place at its Grand Rapids location starting this year and ending in the third quarter of 2017.

In a statement, GE Aviation said it will work with global positioning technology to provide an inertial reference system and a reference unit, which will allow the military to get precise information on its vehicles on the battlefield and allow it to adjust to various forms of terrain, threats and mission.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind. is administering the contract.

Jennifer Villarreal, spokesperson for GE Aviation, told MiBiz the company does not plan to increase employment as a result of the contract. The project involves engineering work, “and then it will roll into our existing manufacturing work load,” she said.

GV Aviation employs about 1,400 people in Grand Rapids. The facility works on a number of contracts, including systems on the US Air Force KC-46A Tanker, the Boeing 787, the Northrop Grumman X-47B, the COMAC C919, the Gulfstream G650 and the Boeing 737, Villarreal said.

The company’s work is split about 60 percent military and 40 percent commercial, she said.

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