General Electric Co. – GE Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, was awarded a $1,336,809,577 modification (P00021) to contract W58RGZ-15-D-0048 for T700 engine deliveries in support of the Army H-60 and AH-64 programs, Navy H-60 programs, Air Force programs, Foreign Military Sales and other government agencies. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
The General Electric T700 and CT7 are a family of turboshaft and turboprop engines in the 1,500â€“3,000 shp (1,100â€“2,200 kW) class. The T700 was initially bench-tested in 1973, passed military qualification in 1976, and went into production in 1978. The engine is designed for high reliability, featuring an inlet particle separator designed to spin out dirt, sand, and dust. The T700-GE-700 was followed by improved and uprated Army engine variants for the UH-60 Black Hawk and the AH-64 Apache helicopters, as well as marinized naval engine variants for the SH-60 Seahawk derivative of the Black Hawk, the SH-2G Seasprite, and the Bell AH-1W Supercobra.
Developed in response to the United States Army’s requirement to deliver added power and improved field maintainability, 20,000 T700/CT7 engines have now surpassed 100 million flight hours in nearly four decades of service. In addition to proving their mettle in the harshest military operating environments imaginable, T700/CT7 engines are the power of choice in 50 countries and 130 customers for transport, medical evacuation, air rescue, special operations and marine patrol. A product of continuous innovation, the story of the T700 will continue unfold as it incorporates advanced components and materials for increased power, reliability and fuel savings.