US ARMY DE­VEL­OPS NEW EN­GINE FOR BLACK HAWK AND APACHE HE­LI­COPTERS

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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.

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