The Turkish Light Utility Helicopter program will feature a turboshaft engine supplied by the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company, according to a formal agreement penned Dec. 10.
The Honeywell and Rolls-Royce joint venture will contribute its CTS800 turboshaft engines to a 5-ton, twin-engine utility helicopter in development by Turkish Aerospace Industries for eventual use by that country’s military and civilian forces. This follows a previous memorandum of understanding signed in June at the Paris Air Show.
The CTS800 is the commercial and export version of the T800. It originally was developed for the Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche, an armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter slated for use by the U.S. Army before that program’s cancellation in 2004. It has since seen use in other rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft. Notably, it the T800 powered Sikorsky’s X2 technology demonstrator—which in 2010 broke an unofficial rotorcraft airspeed record by achieving 250 kt.