- Lower operating costs
- Increase operational capability
- Enhance mission flexibility
New Huntsville ATEC office supports development of more powerful, more fuel efficient Army helicopter engine
November 5, 2014
An aerospace joint venture with a new Huntsville presence could play a key role in the development of a new 3,000 horsepower gas turbine engine for the Army's Apache and Blackhawk helicopters.
The new Huntsville office of the Advanced Turbine Engine company, a joint venture of aerospace giants Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell, opened Wednesday in Cummings Research Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by a host of local officials touting the benefits to the Army of the new engine.
The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC), LLC - a joint venture between Honeywell International, Inc. (NYSE: HON) and Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) – has successfully completed testing of its second HPW3000 engine as part of the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) Science and Technology program.
Commentary: Strategic Budget Choices
Apache, Black Hawk Engine Upgrades Vital
August 18, 2014
Within the complicated universe of military acquisition is a relatively new method of decision-making that forces the US Department of Defense and the military services to make choices that balance want versus need.
A reversal of sequestration is still needed — specifically in the area of national defense — to sustain adequate investment in the military systems of the future. But if there is one silver lining, two years after the sequester was triggered, it is that the Pentagon for the first time in a long while is being forced to prioritize and make tough choices.
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