GE Aviation to Develop New CT7 Engine Variant for New AgustaWestland Helicopter

June 23, 2011

LE BOURGET -- In harmony with the AgustaWestland product strategy, GE Aviation is developing the 2,000 SHP class CT7-2E1 commercial turboshaft engine to power the recently-announced commercial AW189 helicopter as well as its military AW149 variant.

The latest version of the highly successful CT7 family is being designed with an emphasis on low-fuel consumption, low cost of operation and with other technical features to ensure the aircraft requirements of long-range, high speed and "Cat. A" performance.

The CT7-2E1 engine leverages the full heritage of the T700/CT7 engine family while incorporating a state-of-the-art Full Authority Digital Control (FADEC) and advanced materials, primarily in the turbine section.

"GE is very excited to be a part of the AW189/AW149 program and to continue our outstanding relationship with AgustaWestland," said Ed Birtwell, vice president and general manager of turboshaft engines at GE Aviation.

GE's successful T700/CT7 family of turboprop and turboshaft engines currently powers 25 types of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft in service with more than 130 customers in more than 50 countries. This engine family has accumulated over 50 million engine flight hours of experience.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.