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Honeywell Enhances AGT1500 Engine Powerpack Configuration For The Abrams Tank

Honeywell Enhances AGT1500 Engine Powerpack Configuration For The Abrams Tank

  • New engine configuration supports future major modernization of the Abrams platform


PHOENIX, Oct. 10, 2023 – Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) announced today it has developed an enhanced configuration of the AGT1500 Gas Turbine Engine Powerpack for the Abrams tank. The improved powerpack configuration will free up 46 cubic feet of space under armor, space that can be used for additional fuel, ammunition or even energy storage, all within the protection of the Abrams armor.

The proven performance and established support structure of the AGT1500 engine in Abrams tanks over the past 40 years, combined with Honeywell’s continued innovation of the engine, provides the Army with a premier powerplant as it begins the next major modernization of the Abrams platform. Importantly, the AGT1500 engine is adaptable to both hydraulic and electric transmissions and compatible with various size motor generators.

The additional 46 cubic feet of space is created by a configuration that rotates the engine into a “transverse” orientation, meaning the engine’s axis of rotation is perpendicular to the vehicle’s direction of travel. Beyond the additional under armor space, this configuration can support hybridization options for the vehicle, which could allow for better fuel economy, increased range and improved performance.  

The transverse engine configuration also allows the implementation of an improved air induction system. This improved system will help reduce the risk of foreign object damage from debris such as sand, rocks and dirt, thus delivering improved fleet readiness. Additionally, a reduction in foreign object damage will decrease the maintenance requirements for service members and Abrams’ operators.

“The battlefields of the future will demand more flexibility and adaptability to changing environments, threats and regionally available resources,” said Dave Marinick, president, Engines and Power Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. “This transverse configuration of the AGT1500 engine further enhances the versatility of the Abrams vehicle and provides militaries with more options to better adapt the battle proven tank for increased survivability in the conflicts of the future.”

The improved powerpack configuration utilizes the proven Honeywell AGT1500 engine, which has provided superior performance for the M1 Abrams tank since inception. The AGT1500 engine delivers the operational overmatch users need by providing true multifuel capability and instant smokeless power in conditions from subarctic to extreme desert heat, all in a low-weight, compact, quiet package.

Honeywell’s AGT1500 engine provides 1,500 shaft horsepower, enabling the 72-ton Abrams tank to accelerate from 0 to 20 miles per hours in six seconds and reach speeds of over 40 miles per hour. The reliability and performance of the AGT1500 has enabled the Abrams tanks to become a staple of global military arsenals, accumulating more than 40 million miles of operation. 

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