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US Army Submits Helo Engine RFP

By Staff Writer | October 5, 2015

The U.S. Army is asking the industry to design a better engine for two of its iconic helicopters. The Army last week made the request for preliminary design review proposals as part of its Improved Turbine Engine Program, which ultimately would result in replacements for the existing General Electric T700-GE-701C/D engines currently powering the AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk. The ITEP calls for a new 3,000 shaft horsepower engine with reduced fuel consumption and maintenance costs, a condition-based maintenance plus package, a horsepower-to-weight increase and corrosion resistance particularly for joint operations with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in saltwater environments. Army officials hope to select a vendor by 2018, with full-rate engine production to start in FY2026. 

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