Funding continued for fighter jet engine building - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Funding continued for fighter jet engine building in Hamilton Co.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Sen. Sherrod Brown has confirmed that the Joint Strike Fighter F136 competitive engine will continue to be developed and built by GE Aviation in Evendale.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates received confirmation from U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew that funding will continue for the project.

"This is a victory for Ohio jobs, Ohio innovation, and GE Aviation workers in Evendale who do the difficult job of created a competitive alternate engine," said Brown.

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. 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 Department of Defense said in a statement, "Secretary Gates continues to oppose the need for an extra engine in the Joint Strike Fighter.  Current funding of the JSF extra engine is not a result of any new decision or change in position, but rather, one being implemented upon expiration of fiscal 2010 funding and only for the duration of the continuing resolution."

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