Light Helicopter Turbine Engine (LHTEC), a joint-venture of Honeywell International and Rolls-Royce, has signed an agreement to supply CTS800 turboshaft engines for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).

The agreement with the Undersecretary for Defense Industry is a follow-on of a memorandum of understanding signed at the Paris Air Show in September for the supply of CTS800-4AT engines.

Turkish Aerospace Industries will build the indigenous five tonne, twin-engine LUH, which will initially be certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency, and then converted with mission equipment for military use.

"This deal will deliver a wealth of employment and industrial benefits to the Turkish aerospace industry."

The delivery of the LUHs under the five-year development programme is expected to begin in 2020.

In addition to providing a new model of helicopters to the Turkish military and civil market, the programme will give a boost to the local economy as LHTEC plans to open CTS800 production and maintenance facilities in Turkey.

LHTEC president Daryl Mastin said: "This deal will deliver a wealth of employment and industrial benefits to the Turkish aerospace industry.

"LHTEC is committed to working with local Turkish companies to manufacture the CTS800 engine, as well as establishing a local depot with maintenance and repair capabilities to support these future fleets."

Having a power range of 1,300shp to 1,700shp, the CTS800 engines are already in use in T129 ATAK helicopters, used by the Turkish Land Forces.

The T129 ATAK is a tandem two-seat, twin engine helicopter designed for attack and reconnaissance purposes. It runs on CTS 800-4A model engine.

"For TAI’s new locally developed helicopter, the LHTEC CTS800 engine is a clear choice thanks to its proven capabilities in the most challenging environments.

"The synergy between the ATAK and Turkish LUH fleets will allow greater efficiency in logistics, maintenance and familiarity for engineers, with a streamlined support network compared with other engines on the market," Mastin added.

Image: The CTS800 engines will propel Turkey’s new light utility helicopters. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce plc.