The NATO Support and Procurement Agency has awarded contract for the first Novel Powerplant Study to fulfil the Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability Program requirements.

The contract was awarded to GE Aerospace, for work performed by its Defense & Systems organization (USA) and Avio Aero (IT). This milestone achievement follows a stringent open competition, placing significant emphasis on technical excellence, accounting for 80% of the evaluation criteria.

This transformative study represents a strategic initiative to identify, evaluate, and compare innovative powerplant solutions capable of meeting the NGRC capability requirement. The findings from this study will give NSPA critical insights into the Powerplant domain, providing invaluable support for the assessment of future integrated platform design concepts, particularly within the framework of coming Concept Study.

The primary objectives of this study encompass the identification of Novel Powerplant concepts aligned with NGRC specifications, the assessment of their Technology Readiness Levels, and a holistic comparative analysis encompassing capability, logistics, reliability, maintainability, safety, supportability, cost, and environmental considerations, specifically tailored for defense contexts. The release of the related proposal is targeted early 2024.