Annex E. International Armaments Strategy
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

1. Ceramic Materials for Gas Turbine Engines (France)

Description: The application of ceramic material technologies to the development of gas turbine engine components will provide significant enhancements over currently fielded systems. Particular interest is in the development of lightweight, fuel efficient engines which offer greatly increased power-to-weight ratios, and are capable of operation at high temperatures. The United States, Germany, Japan, and France are world leaders in ceramic technologies.

Justification: France is a recognized world leader in ceramic/carbon carbon composites. The application of ceramics to engine components should contribute to several ASTMP goals and objectives, specifically to milestones for reduction in fuel consumption and an increase in the power-to-weight ratio for helicopter engines. This technology is common and will also contribute to advances in gas turbine propulsion for land vehicles.

Implementation: An umbrella agreement exists with France, and is a potential vehicle for establishing a Project Agreement (PA) covering this technology.


Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001


Mr. Tom Devereux
St. Louis, MO 63120-1798
e-mail: None provided