29 Sep '15, 4pm

Buy A New Helo Engine? The Army Thinks It Can, Thinks It Can… via @BreakingDefense

Buy A New Helo Engine? The Army Thinks It Can, Thinks It Can… via @BreakingDefense

T700 engine to be replaced in Apaches and Black Hawks – some day (GE Aviation photo) After more than seven years of designing and testing how to make new, more powerful, and incredibly fuel efficient engines for its AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and UH-60 Black Hawk utility birds, the Army has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP). The Army’s “top aviation priority” thus takes a baby step closer to becoming a reality – and will take roughly another decade to get into service , assuming it ever does. “Obviously we don’t need this motor very badly,” cracked one former Army general whose aviation career spanned three decades and included 1,500 combat hours in helicopters. “If we did, we’d go out and buy a solution and it wouldn’t take a decade to bring it into the force.” The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP, pronounced “EYE-tepp”), unofficially pits GE Aviation, which ...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2015/09/buy-a-new-helo-engine-...

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