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Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell Take Wraps Off Joint Army Bid

By James T. McKenna | June 18, 2007

Pratt & Whitney would marry its expertise in engine-cooling design and materials with Honeywell’s small-engine, high-pressure turbine talent under a joint proposal to develop a new, 3,000-shp helicopter engine for the U.S. Army. The proposal is under the Army's Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine research and development program, which seeks a powerplant to succeed the General Electric T700 on the Sikorsky Aircraft H-60 and Boeing AH-64 that significantly reduces specific fuel consumption, boosts power-to-weight ratio and design life, and cuts production, maintenance, and development costs. Pratt’s part will be played by its small military engine unit in Connecticut, not Pratt & Whitney Canada (as previously reported) to satisfy Army security requirements.

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