US industrial giant General Electric Corporation (GE) has agreed to pay over $2 million to settle claims that it failed to conduct pressure tests on military aircraft engine gearboxes, the US Department of Justice said on Monday in a press release.
According to the release, GE’s subsidiary Avio Aero failed to consistently perform interim pressure tests on gearboxes used in T700 and F110 engines in DOD helicopters and fighter jets in DOD helicopters and fighter jets.
“The government alleges that Avio’s failure to conduct the pressure tests violated provisions of contracts GE entered into with the Army, Navy and Air Force.”
The United States claims that Avio did not provide notice of the skipped tests, but rather stamped documents to indicate that such testing had been conducted, the release added.
Agents from the Army Criminal Investigation Command, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Air Force Office of Special Investigation and the Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Service participated in the case.