Certain situations can cause even hard-nosed military of­fic­ers to wax lyrical. Shortly before the summer vacation, one such situa­tion arose at General Electric (GE) in Lynn, Massachusetts—and it drew ef­fu­sive words from Brigadier General Kurt Stein from the U.S. Marine Corps: “Many thanks to every­one in­volved in this program, in­clud­ing the en­gi­neers and our col­leagues from manu­facturing, assembly and testing.” He was talking about getting ap­prov­al for series pro­duction of the T408, the engine for the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift cargo helicopter.

Those scheduled to soon fly with the CH-53K also have plenty to look for­ward to. It can trans­port external payloads of 27,000 lbs.—nearly three times that of its pre­de­ces­sor model. There is no doubt what the decisive factor is: three T408 engines per CH-53K, each with 7,332 shaft horse power, supply the nec­es­sary power.

MTU is also delighted about the engine ap­prov­al. In its role as developer and manu­facturer of the power turbine, the company has taken re­spon­sibil­ity for a complete assembly on a U.S. military engine program for the first time. In ad­di­tion, it is re­ceiv­ing licenses for the main­tenance, final as­sem­bly and testing of the T408 models for a future European heavy-duty transport helicopter.