Raytheon conducts a new hybrid propulsion system for the first time in a successful test

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Raytheon Technologies issued a press release Tuesday announcing that it has successfully tested its new hybrid-electric propulsion system for the first time at its Pratt & Whitney plant in Canada.

“Raytheon Technologies today announced the successful first engine run of the company’s regional hybrid-electric flight demonstrator, marking a major milestone toward flight testing, which is due to begin in 2024,” the release said. “The first run of the propulsion system took place at Pratt & Whitney’s innovation facility in Longueuil, Quebec, and performed as expected.”

The new system fully integrates a one-megawatt electric motor developed by Collins Aerospace with a Pratt & Whitney fuel engine specially modified for hybrid-electric operations, the release said.

“This powerplant technology will enable more efficient engine performance during the various flight phases such as takeoff, climb and cruise, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 30% compared to today’s most advanced regional turboprop aircraft,” the release added. .

Hybrid-electric propulsion technology offers significant potential to optimize efficiency for a range of different aircraft applications, helping the aerospace industry achieve its goal of achieving net zero emissions, the release said.

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