USAF Announces $2M Prize for Turboshaft Engine Competition

Air Force logoThe U.S. Air Force plans to hold a $2-million prize competition to gain ideas on how to build a turbocharged aircraft engine with a lightweight design and a fuel efficiency technology.

The military branch said Tuesday it wants a turboshaft engine that can generate up to 100 horsepower and use 0.55 pounds of fuel per hour for each horsepower it produces.

Lt. Col. Aaron Tucker said he believes three-dimensional printers and other rapid prototyping machines could help produce such an engine.

The Air Force aims to engage a wider audience to help the service develop mission-critical technologies through programs other than the traditional acquisition initiatives.air-force-tile-ad

The prize money will be awarded to the developer of an engine that passes verification testing at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the military branch said.

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