A partnership between GE Aviation and the U.S. Government has led to the reuse/recycling of 2.3 million pounds of hardware since its inception in 2009, according to a press release from the company. The General Electric division, which manufactures commercial and military jet engines, has locations across the country, including a facility in Newark, Delaware.
The Military Engine Reclamation Program is designed to incentivize U.S. military clients to return out-of-commission jet engines in exchange for credits on future purchases. The Navy touts the program's cost-saving and labor reducing benefits.
"This project represents a best practice approach for the Navy and [Department of Defense], and clearly demonstrates how effective collaboration between government and industry can produce winning solutions for both the warfighter and taxpayer," said Antonio Miguelez, director of propulsion and power engineering at Naval Air Systems Command.
For GE Aviation, the program supports a broader goal: the recovery of increasingly hard to obtain metals and alloys.
""Under this cost recovery initiative, we're able to facilitate the compliant repurposing of valuable materials and enable the Navy and Air Force to reduce Total Ownership Cost of propulsion systems", said David Beck, GE Aviation's senior materials management leader.
The program reclaims an average of 80,000-90,000 Ibs of materials each month.