NDAA Passage Needed

Both the House and the Senate have now passed their versions of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The two bills must now be reconciled and then sent to the President for his signature. The NDAA will provide policy direction for the Department of Defense (DoD) for FY 2018, which began…

ATEC’s T900 Meets the Army’s Short and Long-Term Goals

Through a number of platforms, ATEC, Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney have provided the armed forces with the tools needed to accomplish their current missions while also supporting them in their efforts to develop future aircraft, rotorcraft and other equipment. The T900 is a perfect example of how an engine can meet the short and…

Importance of a Budget and Steady Funding

The Army’s top aviation modernization program – ITEP – received a significant boost in the Administration’s FY 2018 Budget. The high-priority effort to upgrade the engines in the service’s fleet of Apache and Black Hawk helicopters garnered strong backing from the Department of Defense in the funding proposal for the 2018 fiscal year that would…

ITEP Needed for the Short and Long-Term Future

The push to develop and deploy next generation dual-turbine engines for Black Hawk and Apache helicopters is continuing with no let up. Recent discussions have shown that building new engines that are designed for the 21st century battlespace cannot wait until new helicopter designs (Future Verticle Lift – FVL – Capability Set 3) go into…

Better Dependability of the T900

The two main vertical lift platforms of the U.S. Army – the UH-60 Black Hawk and the AH-64 Apache helicopters – are using engines that can trace their lineage to the Vietnam War. Modern deployments need engines that can add safe, dependable, efficiency in dry and desert environments. The T900 being developed by the Advanced…

Simplicity of T900 Engine

The Army’s Alternate Concept Engine program to develop new engines for its Apache and Black Hawk fleets is driving development of the Advanced Turbine Engine Company’s (ATEC) T900 engine. The T900 is a dual turbine engine, which will meet or exceed the DoD’s requirements for its 2,135 Black Hawk and 684 Apache helicopters. The T900,…