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US Army accepts first FARA helicopter engine prototype

5th October 2023 - 11:39 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


The T901 will not only power the US Army’s FARA winner but will also replace the T700 engine currently used on all AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Black hawk helicopters. (Photo: Sikorsky)

Sikorsky has planned to start the installation process of the GE T901 engine in advance of ground testing and eventual flight testing of its FARA prototype.

The US Government has begun accepting deliveries of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), paving the way for the maiden flight of the US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) prototypes.

The first General Electric (GE) T901 flight test (FT) engine has already been delivered, with the second engine undergoing the acceptance process. Both engines will be delivered to FARA bidders Bell and Sikorsky by the end of October 2023.

The companies were expected to take delivery of the T901 in the spring of this year, however, the engine has faced ‘manufacturing challenges’.

‘GE Aerospace initiated testing of the first T901

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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