DoD confirms five Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions
The US DoD confirmed $135 million in Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions aimed at maintaining defence critical workforce capabilities in body armour, aircraft manufacturing and shipbuilding.
A $15 million agreement with Bethel Industries will increase capacity for specialised laser cutting of laminated nylon fabrics for protective systems used by troops during the pandemic. This investment will increase domestic production rates whilst decreasing the cost of manufacturing.
Secondly, the DoD will invest $20 million with GE Aviation in support of the Propulsion Defence Industrial base. The company will expand development of advanced manufacturing techniques including additive manufacturing, promoting advanced material development and improving digital engineering proficiencies. It will also enable GE Aviation to maintain 100 highly skilled engineering jobs.
Thirdly, $80 million has been made available to Spirit AeroSystems to support its capacity for advanced tooling, composite fabrication and metallic machining as well as providing financial assistance to its lower supply chain base. Spirit AeroSystems is currently carrying out programmes for the USAF, US Army and USN.
Steel America will receive a $19.5 million package. It carries out shaft repairs and manufacturing for the USN during the COVID-19 outbreak and will use the investment to increase core machine shop peak capacity by 200%.
Finally, $500,000 has been awarded to Allied Systems to sustain its capability for manufacturing and providing cranes and davits to the USN and USCG.
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