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T900 installation demo for Black Hawk, Apache

18th December 2017 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) has completed the installation of a high-fidelity T900 mock-up engine on Black Hawk and Apache helicopters, the company announced on 13 December.

The engine installation demonstration was carried out in the left and right engine bays of a UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopter at the US Army’s Redstone Test Center, Alabama.

The T900 is ATEC's offering for the US Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), which is developing a more powerful and efficient replacement for the current engine powering these two platforms.

Since August 2016, the company has been executing preliminary design of the T900 engine through the technology maturation and risk reduction phase of the ITEP programme. Preliminary design review with the army is set for March 2018.

Jerry Wheeler, vice president, ATEC, said: ‘The successful installation of this mock-up engine into these two helicopters validates the substantial progress and efforts ATEC, the aircraft manufacturers and the army have completed over the past decade.

‘Developing an engine that produces 50% more power, is 20-25% more fuel efficient, and fits within the existing bay of the Black Hawk and Apache is an exciting technical challenge. This successful, first-time engine installation is a true validation that ATEC is ready to meet that challenge and that the T900 engine is the right choice for the army in providing improved mission capabilities to our warfighters.’

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