U.S. Navy Turns To Vericor For Engines
Vericor Power Systems LLC has received a fixed-price contract for the manufacture, testing and delivery of up to 34 ETF40B marine gas turbine engines and overhaul of related hardware for the U.S. Navy’s FY2010/2011 Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Service Life Extension Program (SLEP).
The LCAC is an amphibious vehicle that operates in an environment that is unique in the naval fleet. The engines are exposed to sand and salt spray beyond any surface ship or aircraft operating environment, Vericor said.
“It’s hard to imagine an off-the-shelf aircraft engine lasting very long in this environment without substantial changes” said Rick Clinton, vice president of operations for Vericor. “The ETF40B along with its predecessor, the TF40B, have been operating on this craft, in this environment, for over 25 years. To this day we continue to improve components, materials and coatings for this application.”
For the U.S. Navy’s new Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) program, Vericor is offering an upgrade to the current ETF40B. The TF60B engine builds on the continuous improvements made to the marine TF40B/ETF40B engines, Vericor said. The TF60B engine test schedule will continue with performance testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River this spring.
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