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US Army awards development deals for T700 replacement

US Army awards development deals for T700 replacement 24 August, 2016

The US Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) has reached a key milestone with the Pentagon announcing on 22 August that GE Aviation and the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) have both been awarded design contracts.

The army’s ITEP plans to deliver an engine early in the next decade that will replace the T700 with a new design that delivers more power and consumes less fuel, yet fits into the same space reserved for engines in the Boeing AH-64 Apache and Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky UH-60.

GE received a $102 million contract and the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) accepted a $154 million deal on 22 August from the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

GE and the ATEC joint venture will submit competing preliminary engine designs within two years, allowing the army to down-select to a single bidder for launching full-scale development.

Both companies are competing to win the most significant development contract for military helicopter engines since GE’s T700 entered development 40 years ago. Turkey has recently signed a contract with Sikorsky to produce export versions of UH-60 helicopters in Turkey using T700 engines.

US Army awards development deals for T700 replacement

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