US ARMY DEVELOPS NEW ENGINE FOR BLACK HAWK AND APACHE HELICOPTERS
The Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar dedicated the Defence Communication Network (DCN) to the nation recently. Addressing the event, Parrikar complimented the three Services on putting in place a communication system to facilitate jointmanship. The Minister also stressed on the need to keep the network secure.
The DCN is a strategic, exclusive, secure and state-of-the-art communication network. Implementation of DCN is a proof of strength of the Indian industry and has reaffirmed the emphasis of the government on ‘Make in India’, programme. The DCN is a major step towards ensuring network-centricity across the three Services, Integrated Defence Staff and Strategic Forces Command. The network provides converged voice, data and video services to the three Services based on secured system with adequate redundancy.
The event was attended by the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and senior officers from the three Services and the Ministry of Defence. The US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Aviation Development Directorate (ADD) is developing a new military helicopter engine that would provide 50 per cent more power at the same weight as the current fielded engine. The advanced affordable turbine engine (AATE) demonstrator programme aims to develop a turboshaft engine with reduced fuel consumption and improved shaft horsepower. This engine configuration can be fitted into the Black Hawk and Apache installation envelopes, as well as current and Future Vertical Lift rotorcraft. It is said to improve range and payload capability and increase hot and high operational capability for Apache and Black Hawk platforms. Two cost share arrangements for the engines have been awarded to General Electric and Advanced Turbine Engine Company, a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney. The AATE programme culminated in 2014 with the completion of full engine system demonstrations, which included performance, durability and sand tests.