- Lower operating costs
- Increase operational capability
- Enhance mission flexibility
US Army Engine Program Advances to Design Phase
March 30, 2015
WASHINGTON — The US Army's effort to improve the operational capabilities of its rotorcraft fleet through the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is heading for preliminary design requests in May as it aims for a 2023 production goal.
After the May requests, contracts are expected to be awarded to the two competitors in March 2016, a request for proposals issued for the engineering and manufacturing design phase in early 2017, and a downselect to one of two competitors in 2018 before beginning low-rate production.
Advanced Turbine Engine Co. (ATEC), a 50-50 joint venture of Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell, is competing with GE Aviation to develop a drop-in replacement for the legacy GE T700 engines that power the Boeing AH-64 Apache and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk fleets. The engine is also expected to power light rotary-winged aircraft expected to emerge from the service's nascent Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program, according to Jerry Wheeler, vice president of programs at ATEC.
U.S. Army Helicopter Engine RFP Expected In May
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
March 19, 2015
A joint venture between Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney is moving into preliminary design of a 3,000 shp turboshaft engine it is preparing for the U.S. Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), program officials say.
The transition is coming as the Army has secured funding for the 3,000-shp future helicopter engine program, from fiscal 2016 and beyond despite ongoing defense budget pressure. And that has clarified the upcoming schedule.
A preliminary design request for proposals is expected in May, according to an Army Contracting Command document.
The government will support two contractors through the second quarter of fiscal 2018, at which point it would select a single contractor, Jerry Wheeler, vice president of the joint venture, the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC), told reporters March 18.
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