Rolls-Royce, June 16, 2015 - Paris Air Show – The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC), a 50-50 partnership between Honeywell International Inc. and Rolls-Royce, has been selected by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to provide propulsion engines for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter (TLUH) programme.
TAI and LHTEC officials today signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Paris Air Show and will now progress toward further discussions around a contract for CTS800 engines for the aircraft.
Under the TLUH Programme, TAI will develop an indigenous 5-ton, twin-engine utility helicopter, which will initially be certified by EASA, and then converted with mission equipment for Turkish military use. The engine for TLUH will be the same model as those on the current T129 ATAK helicopters, with a commercialized version of the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).
“The experience behind the LHTEC partnership gives operators confidence in the CTS800 engine and assurance that the support will be there when they need it,” said Daryl Mastin, President, LHTEC. “With over 200,000 flight hours and a growing, global fleet, the CTS800 has become the engine of choice in its class, providing operators with exceptionally low fuel burn in a small, lightweight, high-power package. The CTS800 provides low-risk, reliable and cost-effective engine solutions to military helicopter operators worldwide.”
The CTS800 engine, which has class-leading Specific Fuel Consumption and power-to-weight ratio, is triple certified; by the U.S. Army for military use, the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency. The engine currently powers the British Army Lynx Mk9A, the Super Lynx 300 and the AW159 helicopters and was recently selected by the Brazilian Navy for the mid-life upgrade programme of its Mk21A Lynx maritime helicopters. The CTS800 also serves as the boundary layer compressor drive for the ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious search and rescue aircraft in Japan, and powered the Sikorsky X2 technology demonstrator aircraft.
The CTS800 family of engines range from 1,360 to 1,700 shp with the CTS800-4N equipped with a full-authority digital engine control (FADEC) that reduces pilot workload and facilitates the engine’s on-condition maintenance program. Low engine removal rates, excellent “hot and high” performance and durable maritime capabilities with reduced fuel flows all characterize the CTS800.
Growth versions of the T800/CTS800 engine include a 1,680 shp class version being offered for emerging civil and military applications.
Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Land & Sea. These business divisions address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defense Aerospace. Land & Sea comprises Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.
Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide.
The CTS powers a number of aircraft, including the AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300, Lynx Mk9a, AW159 Wildcat, T129 Turkish ATAK, ShinMaywa US-2 and the Sikorksy X2 technology demonstrator rotorcraft. The modular engine has established its maintainability and supportability in the field in austere conditions.