New Engine for Black Hawk and Apache Helicopters by U.S. Army
The U. S. Army is considered to be the most powerful army on the Globe and this drives them the army too always be on the frontier of new technologies. For example, when it comes to new weapons, vehicles, planes, equipment and tools that can keep helps the military on the ground or in the air is very critical for the U.S. Army. One of the programs that the army is working on is an Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). This program was awarded to GE Aviation by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC). GE was awarded $104 million to revie the design of the GE3000 engine and look into an Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). This engine is going to improve the turboshaft propulsion of the two most military used helicopters the Army’s Black Hawk and the Apache helicopter. The program wants to improve the efficiency of the engine when it comes to fuel consumption, performance and also very important the cost it takes to maintain the engine.
Currently the U.S. Army is using the T700 engine at which is powering both the Black Hawk and the Apache helicopters. The T700 is known to be one of the most reliable engines used by the U.S. Army to power up these helicopters. The intend of the ITEP is to develop and improve the current engine with even much better technological capabilities that will allow the army to have a very reliable and long life maintainable engine. Once this project is said and done, the Army is looking to find one supplier that can be reliable for supplying the army with the necessary equipment to complete the development of the ITEP.
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Posted on November 17, 2016