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GE Aviation awarded $1 billion for T700 engines

19th December 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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GE Aviation has received a $1 billion contract from the US Army to build up to 1,700 T700 engines.

The T700 turboshaft engines will support end user platforms operated by the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard; and Foreign Military Sales and other US government agency programme requirements through 2024.

The T700/CT7 turboshaft first entered service in 1978 on the Black Hawk helicopter. Today the family of turboshaft and turboprop engines power 15 types of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters including the Black Hawk, Seahawk, Jayhawk, S-70, S/H-92, HH-60W combat rescue helicopter; the AH-64 Apache, UH-1Y Huey, AW-1Z Super Cobra, SH-2G Super Seasprite, and NH90.

Harry Nahatis, VP and general manager of GE Aviation’s rotorcraft and turboprop engines, said: ‘GE is grateful to the US Army for the opportunity to continue providing reliable power and support to the US military fleet with our T700 engines.

‘This new contract will extend T700 production to 46 years. The T700 has remained the pre-eminent medium-lift helicopter engine through continuous infusion of military and commercial technology.’

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