Paris Air Show

Turkish Aerospace picks LHTEC engine for light utility helicopter

 - June 15, 2015, 10:50 AM

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has chosen the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Co. (LHTEC), a 50-50 partnership between Honeywell International and Rolls-Royce, to supply engines for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter (TLUH) program.

TAI and LHTEC officials signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show and now plan further discussions around a contract for CTS800 engines for the aircraft.

Under the TLUH program, TAI will develop an indigenous five-ton, twin-engine utility helicopter, which the program partners would convert with mission equipment for Turkish military use after first gaining certification by EASA. The engine for TLUH will be the same model as those on the current T129 ATAK helicopters, with a commercialized version of the Fadec.