GE Aircraft Engines has won a US Special Operations Command contract for the upgraded Sikorsky MH-60M alternate engine programme, beating competition from Rolls-Royce Turbomecca’s CTS322. The initial $15.5 million contract, which is due to be completed by mid-August 2007, covers further development of the GE CT7-8C turboshaft. Having already demonstrated over 3,100shp (2,310kW), or more than double the power of the original T700-700, the CT7-8C incorporates improved materials in the turbine and a new, advanced three-stage power turbine.

Source: Flight International