HOUSTON, TEXAS, February 24, 2008 -- The LHTEC family of advanced CTS800 turboshaft engines has reached a significant milestone, surpassing 35,000 flight hours this month. CTS800 engines power the AgustaWestland Super Lynx helicopter and provide the boundary layer control system for the Shinmaywa US-2 maritime search and rescue aircraft. The engine has also been selected as the powerplant for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Future Lynx helicopter, set to enter service in 2014.
Ken Roberts, Acting President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter business and LHTEC board member, said: “The CTS800 engine has demonstrated exceptional operational performance over 35,000 flight hours, providing the reliable power, improved fuel efficiency and rugged dependability required for a variety of applications. These engines will continue to meet the needs of our customers for years to come, while reducing their operating and maintenance costs.”
Mike Cuff, Honeywell Vice President, Helicopters & Surface Systems, and an LHTEC board member, said: “The outstanding performance and impressive reliability demonstrated by the LHTEC CTS800-4N, CTS800-4K and CTS800-4A engines is a testament to its formidable military development heritage. The engine delivers state-of the-art technology and reliability.”
The CTS800 family of engines range from 1,360 to 1,700 shp with the CTS800-4N equipped with a full-authority digital engine control (FADEC) that reduces pilot workload and facilitates the engine’s on-condition maintenance program. Low engine removal rates, excellent hot and high performance and durable maritime capabilities with reduced fuel flows all characterize the CTS800.
The CTS800-4N powered Super Lynx is currently in operation in Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and South Africa and is under consideration by Algeria and Canada. The CTS800-4K provides the boundary layer control system for the Shinmaywa US-2, which is powered by four Rolls-Royce AE2100 engines, and is in service in Japan.