Soldiers screw in the last bolt in an Apache helicopter engine compartment in Afghanistan. (Army)
WASHINGTON — The Advanced Turbine Engine Company has completed testing of its first H PW3000 engine for the US Army’s Improved Turbine Engine program, which will replace engines on the Army’s Black Hawk and Apache fleets.
The HPW3000 is a 3,000 horsepower turboshaft engine designed for increased fuel efficiency.
ATEC, a joint venture between Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney, announced the milestone Monday at the Association of the United States Army annual conference in Washington, D.C.
“The first engine ran very well,” Jerry Wheeler, vice president of ATEC, said in a company news release. “It has given us high confidence that the Army’s expectations are achievable, and that the HPW3000 will be able to meet or exceed [the program’s] goals.
“We ran our first HPW3000 engine over the course of the summer for durability testing and we’ve experienced great results,” Wheeler continued. “We are now evaluating these results, and we will be conducting performance and sand ingestion tests on a second engine to further validate the hardware.” ■