The new SH09 helicopter from Kopter is an exciting new proposition for helicopter operators. Powered by the Honeywell HTS900 engine, the SH09 will offer exceptional hot and high performance, a flexible engine concept and a low noise signature thanks to the newly developed dynamic assembly and a shrouded tail-rotor.
We recently visited Kopter at their facility in Switzerland and were able to see first-hand the integration activities on their prototype aircraft. The HTS900 has been integrated into the platform and the plan is for the first flight to take place soon. Progress has been good between the two teams and the engine integration has been smooth. With lots of exciting milestones coming up including first engine test and first flight, the joint team is working hard to meet their targets.
The HTS900 engine incorporates next generation, Honeywell-designed Dual Centrifugal Compressor architecture. This technology increases power output, reduces fuel consumption and allows for future engine growth with the same compressor architecture. The engine offers high reliability and low cost of ownership with increased payload and mission capability.
Watch a short video on the HTS900 and the Kopter prototype: