The United States Army has awarded GE Aviation a $100-million, 24-month contract leading to a Preliminary Design Review of the GE3000 engine for the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP).
The GE3000 is a 3,000 shaft horsepower engine that is designed to answer the Army’s requirements for fuel efficiency and lower maintenance cost. In addition, it will deliver 50% more power as well as increased performance in high/hot conditions.
This effort is essential to GE, which is aggressively competing for the “next generation” engine to deliver improved capability to US Army Apache and Black Hawk helicopters presently powered by the T700 engine. The contract will support more than 100 engineers, predominantly located at the GE Aviation facility in Lynn, MA.
“The GE3000 builds upon our extensive legacy powering Army helicopters,” said Harry Nahatis, general manager of GE Aviation’s Advanced Turboshaft/Turboprop projects. “Combining our experience with proven, new technologies will enable dramatic and affordable capability improvements for tomorrow’s missions.”
Following the Preliminary Design Review, the Army plans to select a single supplier to complete the development and qualification of the ITEP engine.
Derivatives of the engine are expected to power versions of the Army’s Future Vertical Lift aircraft.