Showcasing entire life cycle of military engines % emerging technology
MTU Aero Engines, one of Germany’s leading engine manufacturers and one of the world’s largest independent providers of commercial engine maintenance services, is exhibiting at booth #J65, where the company is showcasing its portfolio of solutions for the entire life cycle of commercial and military engines and emerging technology innovation.
Efficient, quiet, clean: MTU’s engine technologies are setting new standards.
In military aviation, there are various powerplant applications that are expected to play a major role in future. Among them are conventional low-bypass turbojets for combat aircraft and advanced turboshaft engines for helicopters and propeller aircraft, such as the Airbus A400M military transport. The focus of military technology development currently is on propulsion systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). A reliable partner, MTU brings its comprehensive engine expertise in the military sector to the table and plays a major role in national and international studies, such as the European Technology Acquisition Programme (ETAP).
As in the commercial area, engineers are looking into options to use the variable-cycle concept also for military engines. This concept relies on so-called active systems to individually adapt the engine to suit changing operating modes. What needs to be developed for such engines are variable modules (bypass duct, fan or exhaust nozzle) or variable components (stator vanes). The technological challenge here is to reliably integrate these systems into the engine mechanically and electronically.
It was announced in October 2017 that over the next five years, MTU Aero Engines will maintain TP400-D6 engines from the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft for the German Armed Forces. The framework agreement is between the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and MTU.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and MTU Aero Engines signed of a Letter of Cooperation in 2010 to jointly explore aerospace industry cooperation in Germany. The T64-100 is an enhanced version of the T64-7, which MTU upgraded to the more powerful -100 standard in a comprehensive modification program between 2003 and 2014. Now, the engine powering the German Air Force’s CH-53 helicopters has completed its 100,000th engine flight hour (EFH). This is certainly not the last milestone the T64-100 will achieve as it will remain in service on the CH-53GA/GE/GS until 2030.