Wed, Aug 03, 2005
Flight Tests In Two Years
The GE CT7-8B5
turboshaft engine has been selected to power the US Army Special
Operations MH-60M Black Hawk (Sikorsky) aircraft.
The initial 2005 contract to General Electric Company for $15.5
million is for the development program, which includes engine
development and aircraft integration activities, and flight test
engines and support. Flight-test engine deliveries are scheduled to
begin in January 2006, with initial flight-testing planned for
"We are honored to support the 160th Special Operations Aviation
Regiment" said Ed Birtwell, GE's vice president, Turboshaft
Engines. "We believe this extensive technical evaluation proves
again that the CT7/T700 is the right choice to fulfill missions at
hot-high conditions -- like those in Afghanistan and Iraq -- and in
other extreme operating environments.
Rated in the 2,600-shaft-horsepower (shp) class, the CT7-8B5 was
certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2004.
The CT7-8B5 features an advanced, higher-flow compressor designed
with new three-dimensional aerodynamic (3D Aero) technology, a
modern full authority digital electronic control (FADEC) system,
plus hot-section and turbine components proven in millions of
flight-hours on GE's family of commercial engines.
The CT7/ T700 engine family has amassed more than 50 million
flight-hours powering 21 different aircraft models in civil and
military service throughout the world. To meet current and future
requirements, GE continues to enhance the performance, reliability
and durability of in-service engines, while developing new, more
powerful models in the 2,200-3,000 SHP range.
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