TAI Selects LHTEC’s CTS800 to Power Turkish Light Utility Helicopter

CTS800 engine to provide top performance, operational range and aircraft mission effectiveness 

Date: Issue 63 - September 2015

The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC), a 50- 50 partnership between Honeywell International Inc. and Rolls-Royce, has been selected by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to provide propulsion engines for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter (TLUH) programme. 

TAI and LHTEC officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Paris Air Show and will now progress toward further discussions around a contract for CTS800 engines for the aircraft. Under the TLUH Programme, TAI will develop an indigenous 5-ton, twin-engine utility helicopter, which will initially be certified by EASA, and then converted with mission equipment for Turkish military use. The engine for TLUH will be the same model as those on the current T129 Atak helicopters, with a commercialized version of the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC).