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  • Defence Helicopter

    US Army looks for ‘efficiencies’ to protect FARA production timeline

    9th June 2022

    The US Army has spoken of how it expects to manage the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft effort, after a delay in engine development had a knock-on effect on aircraft prototype flight tests.

  • Defence Helicopter

    GE begins T901 turboshaft engine tests for US Army

    24th March 2022

    General Electric has begun tests of the first T901-GE-900 engine that will equip US Army helicopters.

  • Defence Helicopter

    FARA fly-off on track but only if T901 engine tests keep pace

    4th March 2022

    As General Electric prepares to test imminently a fully assembled T901 engine for the first time, the US Army will monitor developments closely as it sticks to a plan of holding a Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) fly-off in 2023.

  • Defence Notes

    Watchdog suggests changes to DoD acquisition process

    3rd November 2021

    The US Government Accountability Office has released a report criticising US defence procurement as ‘inefficient, cumbersome, and bureaucratic’.

  • Defence Helicopter

    Bell not ruling out 360 Invictus design tweaks

    16th October 2020

    Bell will determine whether or not to make design changes on a newly developed light scout helicopter once the US Army confirms FARA weapons systems requirements.

  • Defence Helicopter

    US Army ahead of ITEP schedule despite CDR delay

    11th May 2020

    The Critical Design Review (CDR) phase of the US Army's Improved Turbine Engine Programme (ITEP) has been delayed by two weeks because of COVID-19 issues. …

  • Defence Notes

    Podcast: Revolutions in Vertical Flight S1 E2: The Dawn of the Helicopter

    20th December 2019

    Welcome to Shephard Studio’s podcast series on Revolutions in Vertical Flight, sponsored by our partner Bell. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more. The Revolutions in Vertical Flight …

  • Defence Helicopter

    Bell fired up for FARA with 360 Invictus

    2nd October 2019

    Manufacturer Bell has unveiled its Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype [FARA CP] contender – the 360 Invictus – distinguished by a lift-sharing fixed-wing, tandem cockpit, …

  • Defence Helicopter

    Insight: ITEP thaw heats US Army engines

    4th June 2019

    Complications and delays to the US Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Programme (ITEP) are over for the time being; rare relief for a service that was, …

  • Defence Helicopter

    GE told to freeze all EMD activity on ITEP contract (Updated)

    22nd February 2019

    The US Army has directed General Electric to indefinitely stop all work associated with its recently awarded $517 million EMD contract issued as part of …

  • Defence Helicopter

    Industry braced for make or break ITEP decision

    24th January 2019

    The US Army is expected to issue an ITEP Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract, as early as the week commencing 28 January, with industry …

  • Defence Helicopter

    Industry awaits ITEP manufacturing decision

    15th August 2018

    A downselect decision for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Programme (ITEP) is to be made by …

  • Defence Helicopter

    PDR of T901-GE-900 engine complete

    27th April 2018

    GE Aviation and the US Army have conducted the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the T901-GE-900 engine, the company announced on 25 April. The engine …

  • Defence Helicopter

    T900 installation demo for Black Hawk, Apache

    18th December 2017

    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 …

  • Defence Helicopter

    Dubai Airshow 2017: GE to refurbish US Army helicopter engines

    6th November 2017

    General Electric has been awarded a multi-million fixed price contract for the overhaul and recapitalisation of its T700 portfolio of engines fitted to the US Army’s …

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    The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is the US Army's effort to build a 50% more powerful and 25% more fuel-efficient engine for its Black ...