The Advanced Turbine Engine Company, LLC (ATEC), a Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney joint venture, has successfully completed testing of its first HPW3000 engine, which is being offered as a solution for the U.S. Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP).
The goal of ITEP is to develop and qualify an advanced 3000 horsepower turboshaft engine, primarily for UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters, that provides better performance for the warfighter at a lower operating cost. The first HPW3000 engine performed extremely well in performance tests, demonstrating improved fuel efficiency which will allow for extended range and increased payload capabilities for the Black Hawk and Apache fleets.
The Army aims to operate an engine that has 50 percent additional power, with an increase of 25 percent in fuel efficiency and a 20 percent increase in engine life. Additionally, the Army program intends to reduce production and maintenance costs by 20-35 percent, while maintaining installation compatibility with the Black Hawk and Apache.
“The direct impact of fielding a 25 percent more fuel-efficient engine for the entire fleet represents an annual savings of $1 billion in operating and support costs versus the current engine,” said said Craig Madden, president of ATEC. “Providing extended range and payload also reduces the need for forward area refueling, which also saves time to perform the mission and reduces risks to troops in harm’s way.”
ATEC’s HPW3000 helicopter engine will be a force multiplier that represents a major advance in military helicopter engine architecture, enabling U.S. Army Black Hawk and Apache helicopters to carry more troops, carry more equipment, and carry them further while doing so at a significant savings to the taxpayer.
Official press release : http://www.pw.utc.com/Press/Story/20131021-1100/2013/All%20Categories
HPW3000 engine Brochure: http://www.atecpower.net/pdfs/ATEC-Brochure.pdf