News of the partnership circulated quickly and below is some of the coverage from today’s announcement:
Chairman Says GE Will Fund F-35 Engine”
Key Excerpt: General Electric Co. will self-fund development of its alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in fiscal 2012, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday.
Cincinnati.com: “GE to US: We'll pay to develop engine”
Key Excerpt: GE said the offer requires no appropriated government funding in fiscal year 2012, nor does it hinge upon any financial commitment from the government in 2013 or beyond.
Engine Team Funds JSF Engine Through FY 2012”
Key Excerpt: The Fighter Engine Team believes that at a time of enormous fiscal stress, competition is essential to saving taxpayer dollars. The independent Government Accounting Office has estimated competition would save $20 billion over the life of the program.
Rolls-Royce To Fund F-35 Alt-Engine in 2012”
Key Excerpt: GE and Rolls Royce are aware of the current stresses on the defense budget and the taxpayer, so I am pleased to announce that instead of being part of the problem they have decided to be part of the solution.
votes to rescue F136 from extinction”
Key Excerpt: The House Armed Services Committee forwarded a fiscal year 2012 authorization bill on 3 May that triggers new engine competitions under two scenarios.
chair praises GE bid to self-fund F136”
Key Excerpt: “I’m curious how protecting a monopoly for a program that will span decades and cost $400 billion is in the best interest of the taxpayer,” McKeon said Thursday in a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “It sounds like the classic ‘penny wise, pound foolish’ purchasing strategy that has hounded the Pentagon for years.”