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.