Honeywell has secured a five-year contract for the repair and overhaul of its T55-GA-714A engines that operate on the Army's CH-47 Chinook fleet, the company announced this week.
Work on the engines will be completed at Honeywell's new maintenance facility dedicated to T55 engine production near its headquarters in Phoenix, AZ, according to an Oct. 12 press release.
"This move allows the workforce to share resources between both engine lines, for a potential surge output of 20 engines per month that can be delivered to the U.S. Army, foreign military and commercial customers," the press release states.
The company is working on a T55 engine improvement program that aims to increase shaft horsepower from 4,777 to 6,000.
The improvements "will allow the CH-47F to increase its useful load at higher-density altitudes and will further reduce maintenance hours with the introduction of a newly designed compress and accessory drive gearbox."