Press Releases

GE celebrates 40 years powering Sikorsky's H-60 Black Hawk, submits ITEP final proposal

05 November 2018

GE celebrates 40 years powering Sikorsky's H-60 Black Hawk, submits ITEP final proposal revision

Lynn, MA | November 5, 2018

GE Aviation congratulates Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), on the 40th anniversary of the Black Hawk. Sikorsky delivered the first H-60 Black Hawk, powered by GE’s T700 engine, on Oct. 31, 1978, to answer the U.S. Army’s call for a new helicopter and powerplant capable of significant performance and reliability improvements with reduced lifecycle costs. Today, more than 4,000 GE-powered Black Hawk aircraft of all types are in service worldwide.

To commemorate 40 years of powering Black Hawk mission success, GE held a UH-60M fly-in and corresponding ceremony at its Lynn, Mass., facility. “At the very heart of the UH-60 Black Hawk is the T700—a key component that enables Army pilots to complete their missions safely,” said Dana Fiatarone, Vice President of Army and Air Force Programs for Sikorsky. “Thank you to all those who touch the production of the T700 engine. You have been a fantastic partner to Sikorsky on the Black Hawk for many years. We do not take your role in the success of this aircraft lightly.”

Through continuous upgrades and technology advancements, GE has doubled the power of derivative engines in the T700 family over its lifetime and reduced its cost to the government by 50 percent.

Coincidentally, GE Aviation also submitted its final proposal revision (FPR) for the U.S. Army’s Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) on Oct. 31. GE is offering its XT901-GE-900 engine for ITEP, the U.S. Army’s endeavor to re-engine its Sikorsky H-60 Black Hawks and Boeing AH-64 Apaches. The Army is also expecting the ITEP engine to meet Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft requirements for Future Vertical Lift (FVL). Army Contracting Command (ACC), based at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., plans to down select to one engine manufacturer for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase in the next few months.

“The success of the single-spool T700 over the past 40 years is a strong prediction for the future success of the single-spool T901 for ITEP,” said Harry Nahatis, Vice President of GE Aviation’s turboshaft engine business. “By using GE’s industry leading technologies, rather than mechanical complexity, the T700 has grown to keep pace with H-60 power demand without sacrificing reliability, lifecycle cost, and ultimately Warfighter readiness. Full modularity, only capable in a single-spool core design, offers superior growth potential at a lower cost through incremental improvements to engine modules.”

For more information about the XT901, visit, which includes a XT901 video and the XT901 white paper.


GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components, integrated digital, avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings and is part of the world's Digital Industrial Company with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. For more information, visit us at Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at and YouTube at

For more information, contact:

Dave Wilson 206-660-4462

This Press Release originates from a third party not associated with IHS Janes. Any comments, opinions and discussions by any third parties are not the views of IHS Janes and as such IHS Janes cannot accept responsibility or liability for the content of this Press Release. IHS Janes grants no rights to reproduce or use this content in any manner whatsoever. For more information on how your company can become part of this service please e-mail

(598 words)


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47