The Pentagon said on Friday, the 1st of February, 2019, that the General Electric Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric Co. had been awarded a $517 million US army contract in order to engineer, alongside, manufacture the developmental phase of the improved turbine engine program, largely dedicated for building the next-gen helicopter engines for US army.
In fact, the General Electric Aviation had beaten the Advanced Turbine Engine Company, a Pratt & Whinny and Honeywell team, to secure a $517 million US defense contract awarded for the manufacturing, developing and engineering of the ITEP or Improved Turbine Engine Program.
As an initial response, the president and CEO of General Electric Aviation’s military business, Tony Mathis, said, “We are honored to be chosen by the Army to continue powering their Black Hawks and Apaches for decades to come.
We’ve invested the resources and infrastructure to execute immediately, and our team is ready to get to work on delivering the improved capabilities of the T901 to the warfighter. ” In an interview with the Defense News, the Jr.
acting deputy director for the Army’s future vertical lift cross-functional team, Jim Thomson, said, “The requirements document for the [Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft] specifies ITEP engine. It has got the FVL stamp of approval. ”