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Army completes Apache next-generation engine test

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The Army last month successfully mounted the next-generation engine for the AH-60 Apache attack helicopter during a "fit test," the service announced this week.

The test took place in Mesa, AZ, on Jan. 28 and 29 and consisted of "installing a full scale 3D-printed model of the General Electric T901 turboshaft engine to assess the form, fit, and human systems integration in the aircraft," according to an
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The GE T901, a replacement for the current T700 engine, is the designated engine for the
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under the Army's future vertical lift modernization priority and one of the service’s top aviation priorities for the Black Hawk and Apache fleets.

According to the press release, the GE T901 is designed to provide significant fuel savings and power enhancement over the current engine, lower operation and sustainment costs, joint all-domain operations capability, worldwide performance at 6k/95 degrees Fahrenheit and features a modular design that enables field level repair.

The service's Advanced Turbine Engine Project Office completed the tests with the Apache Attack Helicopter Project Office, General Electric Aviation and Boeing.

The Army awarded GE a
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for the Improved Turbine Engine Program in February last year. Boeing and Sikorsky were awarded integration support contracts for the enduring fleet last year for the AH-64E and H-60M platforms, respectively.

The ITEP is currently in the engineering and manufacturing development phase.

The GE T901 engine will be tested on the Black Hawk next and a critical design review is scheduled for the third quarter of this year, according to the release.
 
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later became curious how would FoxNews sell this, so here comes
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well, they try to sound sly
the story at DefenseNews site is
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, accompanied by this picture:

Afghanistan's Taliban delegation arrive for the agreement signing between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Hussein Sayed/AP)
 
Oct 9, 2019
Oct 9, 2019
now I skimmed over two related stories
KC-46 Won’t Finish Initial Testing Without Working RVS; Cargo Fix Coming Soon
10/28/2019
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and
Boeing’s plan to get the KC-46A tanker back on schedule
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  • 28 October, 2019
since then
"The company’s board rewarded Muilenburg for Boeing’s “record operating cash flow, revenue, operating earnings and commercial airplane deliveries,” according to the company’s financial reports." LOL! (
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),
and
A fix for the KC-46 is already a year late

11 hours ago
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