Kaman Aerospace has begun production flight-testing of the first of 10 refurbished SH-2G(I) Super Seasprites that were previously delivered to Australia, but have now been bought by the Royal New Zealand Navy. The milestone opens another chapter in the story of a design that made its first flight (as the HU2K-1) on July 2, 1959, and which became a stalwart of the U.S. Navy’s shipborne helicopter fleet until retired in 2001.
General Electric T700
Last Friday Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that his government had signed a $3.5 billion contract with Sikorsky for the co-production of 109 T-70 utility transport helicopters, based on the Sikorsky S-70i International Black Hawk. The announcement comes nearly three years after Turkey had declared the T-70 as its preferred choice for the TUHP (Turkey utility helicopter program) requirement, and some seven months after it had been revealed that there were to be delays in finally putting pen to paper.
As Rolls-Royce (Booth N23) prepares to begin a two-year development and testing phase for the latest Trent engine–the Model 1000-TEN, designed to power Boeing’s stretched 787-10 large twin-aisle twinjet–it has completed three full demonstrators and is building a fourth that will be used in a 500 flight-cycle trial.
Rolls-Royce’s strategy of feeding technological developments from new programs back to established engines for upgrades or retrofit changes is creating a range of enhanced-performance (EP) packages being available to customers.
GE’s 2,000-shp CT7-2E1, the powerplant for the twin-engine AgustaWestland AW189, received FAA certification last week. The CT7-2E1 is the latest civil-certified addition to the CT7/T700 line, with Fadec and what GE describes as a state-of-the-art hot section for power and reliability. The first production-certified CT7-2E1s will be delivered to AgustaWestland this month, GE said.
BBA Aviation unit H+S Aviation recently announced an expansion of its CT7 series engine care management program (ECMP) and engine overhaul subcontract agreement (EOSA) with GE Aviation. Based in Portsmouth, UK, H+S Aviation provides engine service and support for a variety of turbine engines for fixed- and rotary-wing civil and military aircraft.
GE Aviation has expanded its CT7 engine overhaul subcontract agreement (EOSA) with H+S Aviation to include all CT7-5A and CT7-9B engine care maintenance program (ECMP) commercial engine shop visits. Under the terms of the agreement, GE will continue to manage CT7 ECMP contracts and supply OEM parts to H+S, which will perform all labor on engine shop visits.
In 2011, CT7-5A and -9B engines accounted for 170 shop visits, more than 80 percent of all CT7 shop visits.
Thailand has signed a letter of offer and acceptance covering two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk tactical transport helicopters. They are being acquired through U.S. Foreign Military Sales channels and, after delivery to the Royal Thai Army, will be the first examples of this new generation of Black Hawk operating in Southeast Asia.
Sikorsky and General Electric have signed a teaming agreement under which GE Aviation will provide CT7-8 engines for Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider prototype development program. The Raider is a high-speed, high-agility next-generation helicopter drawing on the company’s X2 technology, and which is aimed at providing an armed aerial scout for the U.S. Army, among other applications.
Dark clouds and a strong breeze failed to prevent yesterday’s unveiling of AgustaWestland’s latest civil helicopter, the eight-ton multi-role AW189. “This reminds me of the North Sea, one of the working environments our new helicopter was designed for,” said AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini.
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