FATE demonstrator engine

Chris Kjelgaard spoke with GE Aviation about demonstrator engines and where the technologies might be used

Sikorsky, and its partner Boeing, are proving the scalability and tailoring of Sikorsky’s X2 technology with the SB1 Defiant medium-class technology demonstrator. The SB1 is being developed for the US Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration programme to help define the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme. Technologies used on GE’s FATE engine will be available if a new centre-line engine is required for FVL.

THE 5,000 to 10,000shp-class turboshaft-engine design GE Aviation is producing under a $45 million Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) technologydemonstrator contract from the US Army is slightly more advanced than the 3,000shp T901 design it is developing as a candidate for the US Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Programme (ITEP), according to GE.

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