A research centre which plans to electrify radars and sensors should begin operations in 2012.
The GE Aviation electrical power integrated systems research & development centre (EPISCENTER) will be sited near Dayton, Ohio, but the exact location will not be revealed until the end of 2010.
Vic Bonneau, the president of electric power for GE Aviation Systems, said: "This centre will yield system-level benefits so that our customers can more rapidly benefit from this trend in energy management, climate control, radars and sensors ... to name a few."
The radar and sensor research centre will be used to develop systems to deliver electric power efficiently in both the military and commercial sectors.
Capital for the centre will come in part from the Ohio third frontier commission which will provide up to $7.6 million (£5 million) in support, as part of its commitment to education through the University of Dayton Research Institute.
GE Aviation's core business is the production of large and small jet engines for commercial and military aircraft.