General Electric’s aviation business has reported design, development and demonstration milestones for its aircraft engines over the past year in line with the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program.
GE Aviation said Tuesday its T901-GE-900 turboshaft engine completed critical design review activities and is slated to undergo the ”first engine to test” phase in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.
The Army’s Aviation and Missile Center also deployed the company’s T408-GE-400 engine aboard the Boeing-built CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter in September as part of a cooperative research and development agreement.
Other efforts that GE highlighted include another partnership with AvMC to test two of the company’s engines for the Future Affordable Turbine Engine program, which seeks to deploy a turboshaft engine with up to 10K-shaft horsepower capacity.
AVX Aircraft is also working with GE to develop ground infrastructure for the Army’s Rotorcraft Automated Component Tracking initiative.
Christin Rauche, executive for GE Aviation's connected aircraft segment, said the company will work to build a health awareness platform for onboard maintenance to comprehensively visualize the operational availability of Army aircraft.
The service currently deploys 6K GE engines for its rotorcraft fleet.