Monday 15 July, 2024

German Chinooks to be powered by Honeywell T55 engines

Honeywell Aerospace Technologies announced that it has secured a contract to provide 105 T55-GA-714A engines to support Germany’s acquisition of its first fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters.

“The German army’s selection of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter is a testament to the reputation of not just the CH-47F, but also the T55 engines that have powered that helicopter since the 1960s,” said Dave Marinick, president, Engines and Power Systems, Honeywell Aerospace Technologies.

“Chinooks have proved to be one of the most versatile vehicles in military history, and perform missions that include troop transport, search and rescue, and special operations, among others. We are humbled to deliver the T55 engines that will support Germany’s growing military and heavy-lift capabilities.”

The T55 engine, manufactured by Honeywell, is a leading engine for powering heavy-lift helicopters. It is used by militaries and civil aviation entities around the world to operate over 1,000 CH-47 helicopters.

Honeywell’s latest T55-GA-714A engine configuration has a power output of nearly 5,000-shaft horsepower, allowing Chinook aircraft to reach speeds of up to 170 knots, even in challenging operating conditions.

The T55 engine was first delivered to the U.S. Army in 1961, providing 2,200 shaft horsepower for the CH-47A helicopter. Since then, the engine’s power has more than doubled to a 5,000-shaft horsepower class engine and has logged over 12 million hours of operation on the Boeing CH-47 and MH-47 Chinook helicopters.

The order and supply of T55 engines for the German military are managed through the office of U.S. Army Foreign Military Sales.

Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of DefenceToday.com. Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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