The Honeywell AGT1500 is a gas turbine engine. It is the main powerplant of the M1 Abrams series of tanks. The engine was originally designed and produced by the Lycoming Turbine Engine Division in the Stratford Army Engine Plant. In 1995, production was moved to the Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, Alabama after the Stratford Army Engine Plant was shut down.
Development of the AGT1500 began in October 1965 when a contract for a tank turbine engine was awarded to AVCO Lycoming (currently Honeywell Aerospace) by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command for the multi-national MBT 70 Main Battle Tank. The AGT1500 gas turbine engine, similar to other Honeywell commercial and military engines, held clear advantages over the reciprocating engines previously used in military land vehicles ─ lower weight, greater power and mechanical simplicity ─ such that the turbine quickly became the preferred solution.
In 1979 the first AGT1500 production engines were delivered for the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank. By December 1982, 1,000 engines had been produced and by December 1991 the production had grown ten-fold, seeing extensive use in Desert Storm and Iraq.(1)
During the early 1970s, the AGT1500 was developed into the PLT27, a flight-weight turboshaft for use in helicopters. This engine lost to the General Electric GE12 (T700) in three separate competitions to power the UH-60, AH-64, and SH-60.
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Our museum would like at acquire an AGT-1500 for display as well as any other related material. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you could help us make this happen.
1 – Additional information provided by Honeywell