Contract under 2019 US Army FMS IDIQ Authority
The Kingdom of Morocco has selected the GE Aviation T700 turboshaft to power its 24-strong newly-acquired AH-64E APACHE fleet, procuring a total of 50 T700-701D engines. Over 20,000 engines in the T700/CT7 family have been produced to date, accumulating in excess of 100 million flight hours, according to a company statement.
Both helicopters and engines will be built and delivered under a US government Foreign Military Sales (FMS) arrangement. In 2019, the US Army awarded GE an IDIQ contract for production of T700 engines in support of US armed forces, FMS and other government agency programme requirements through 2024. The contract is valued at over $1 billion (€844 million) for as many as 1,700 engines if all options are exercised.
The T700/CT7 engine line has become increasingly more powerful and reliable during its 42-year history. Many technological advances have been incorporated into the growth versions. Current models in the 2-3,000shp range retain the proven features and operating characteristics of earlier versions while delivering enhanced performance.
The highly reliable T700/CT7 design has proven itself in the harshest environments, logging millions of flight hours in hot-harsh combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The T700 serves five branches of the US military, numerous international customers and civil operators.