Kevin M. Fahey
, the Army's deputy project manager for Crusader , said a common engine would provide operational and logistics benefits , such as fewer and interchangeable components , and common test and measurement devices.Efficiency also would result , he
said , from dealing with only one chain of supporting subcontractors.
One of the main sources of speculation within industry circles is whether the Army will stay with a turbine engine for the tank or switch over to a diesel engine.Crusader already had an engine selected-a 1 , 500 horsepower CV-12 Caterpillar Perkins diesel , paired with an HMPT transmission made by General Dynamics Land Systems , in Sterling Heights.Mich. But now that the program is going back to the drawing board to be trimmed down , it is clear that the engine will have to change.
Speaking for the Crusader program office , Fahey
denied that there is any bias for or against any type of engine.We do not have a preference , he
asserted.We are looking for a common engine that reduces the Abrams O&S costs , satisfies the Crusader space and weight requirements and satisfies [ both vehicles' ] performance requirements..
The turbine entry in this competition will be the LV100 , which was developed originally for the Crusader by a joint venture of Honeywell and General Electric
The LV100 is a 1 , 500 horsepower engine , 51 inches long , 35 inches high and 37 inches wide.It weighs 2 , 300 pounds.