LHTEC (a 50:50 partnership between Honeywell and Rolls-Royce) has been selected to provide CTS800 engines for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter (TLUH) program by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed at Paris Airshow, will see officials progress towards further discussions around a contract for the for CTS800 engines for the aircraft.
Under the TLUH program, TAI will develop an indigenous, 5-ton, twin engine utility helicopter. This helicopter will initially be certified by EASA, and then converted with mission equipment for Turkish military use. The engine for the TLUH will be the same model as those on the current Turkish T129 ATAK helicopters, with a commercialized version of the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC)
Speaking at the Paris Air Show, Daryl Mastin, president, LHTEC commented, “The experience behind the LHTEC partnership gives operators confidence in the CTS800 engine and assurance that the support will be there when they need it,”
He went on to say “With over 200,000 flight hours and a growing, global fleet, the CTS800 has become the engine of choice in its class, providing operators with exceptionally low fuel burn in a small, lightweight, high-power package. The CTS800 provides low-risk, reliable and cost-effective engine solutions to military helicopter operators worldwide.”
The CTS800 engine, which has class-leading Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC) and power-to-weight ratio, is triple certified; by the U.S. Army for military use, the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency. The engine currently powers the British Army Lynx Mk9A, the Super Lynx 300 and the AW159 helicopters and was recently selected by the Brazilian Navy for the mid-life upgrade program of its Mk21A Lynx maritime helicopters. The CTS800 also serves as the boundary layer compressor drive for the ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious search and rescue aircraft in Japan, and powered the Sikorsky X2 technology demonstrator aircraft.