The Army’s top aviation modernization program – ITEP – received a significant boost in the Administration’s FY 2018 Budget. The high-priority effort to upgrade the engines in the service’s fleet of Apache and Black Hawk helicopters garnered strong backing from the Department of Defense in the funding proposal for the 2018 fiscal year that would begin on October 1, 2017.
The President’s Budget underscores the importance of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) for the Army. “ITEP gives the capacity for one Black Hawk to carry the load of two, pretty phenomenal and obviously some good range,” said Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7. “What that engine allows us to do is be more efficient.”
The Army has requested $204.3 million for ITEP in FY18 and Congressional funding support is essential in keeping the program on schedule, up from $126 million in FY 17. Robust funding now and in the future ensures the most capable engine will be delivered to our nation’s combat aviation units.