2008-07-21 - MTU on GE helicotper engineMTU Aero Engines takes 18 percent stake in GE38 helicopter engine

Hubschraubertriebwerk mit deutscher Beteiligung<br /> MTU Aero Engines has set another first: Germany's leading engine manufacturer has secured for itself an 18 percent role as a program participant in the GE38 helicopter engine.

"For the first time, MTU acts as a development participant in a U.S. military engine program," declares MTU CEO Egon Behle. In previous U.S. military engine programs, MTU has been involved in manufacturing roles only. Under the GE38 deal, the German engine builder will be responsible mainly for the power turbine module and moreover have the license for maintenance, final assembly and testing as well as MRO for The first application of the GE38 is the CH-53K helicopter from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, powered by three engines; 156 helicopters are planned to replace the CH-53E Super Stallionhelicopters, not including foreign military sales or other potential U.S. armed forces opportunities. The agreement between GE and MTU also covers the European Heavy Transport Helicopter (HTH). MTU and General Electric (GE) see a potential of up to 6,000 engines, covering a variety of other turboshaft and turboprop applications. Behle notes: "For us, this means revenues of about two billion euros over the life of the program of about 30 years."

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