The ITEP engine is big business — the winner will replace the current T700s on as many as 2,135 UH-60s. US Army/Sgt 1st Class Ty McNeeley

THE US ARMY’S competition to develop a new turboshaft engine for its rotorcraft has pitted the General Electric Company’s GE Aviation subsidiary against the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) in a head-to-head battle. The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is developing a replacement for the General Electric T700-GE-701 series that currently powers the service’s Sikorsky UH-60 and Boeing AH-64 utility and attack/reconnaissance helicopters. The competitors respectively submitted their proposals for the program’s engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase to the army on July 17 and July 30 this year.

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