General Electric has begun component testing for a large turboshaft demonstrator that will lay the groundwork for engines to power the U.S. Army’s planned Future Vertical Lift (FVL) family of advanced rotorcraft. The detailed design review for the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) demonstrator was completed in November. “Now we are running components tests, including particle separator and combustor,” says Mike Sousa, new product development manager. The first full ...

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