- Lower operating costs
- Increase operational capability
- Enhance mission flexibility
Army Leaders Stress ITEP As Major Priority; No Decision Yet On Way Ahead
Monday, May 19, 2014
NASHVILLE, TN -- Army leaders gathered at a major aviation conference this month repeatedly stressed the importance the Improved Turbine Engine Program to replace engines in all Black Hawks and Apache helicopters, but no decision has been made yet that would move the program forward.
The new commander of Ft. Rucker, AL, Maj. Gen. Michael Lundy, called ITEP the Army's "number one priority right now" during a May 6 speech at the Army Aviation Association of America's annual symposium. Lundy, who also leads the Army's Aviation Center of Excellence, noted that Black Hawks and Apaches will experience weight increases over the next decade, driving the need for a new and more powerful engine. "We need better fuel economy and we need better range," he said.
Outgoing General: US Army Must Continue To Fund Research and Development
January 14, 2014
The outgoing head of US Army Aviation is as comfortable as one can be with the direction that his service’s investments are heading.
Maj. Gen. William Crosby is wrapping up his five years as the Army’s Program Executive Officer Aviation at the end of this month, and retiring from the Army, but he held his last press conference at the AUSA Army Aviation symposium on Jan. 14 in northern Virginia.
Fuel-Efficient Engine to Increase Range, Power of Army Helicopters
During the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Black Hawk helicopters were regularly flown at higher altitudes and in hotter temperatures than their engines were designed to withstand. With underpowered engines in those conditions, each helicopter could only carry five soldiers at a time — about half of an 11-person squad.
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