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Raytheon Technologies Completes Hybrid-electric Flight

Raytheon Technologies Completes Hybrid-electric Flight

Raytheon Technologies has successfully flown a hybrid-electric flight demonstrator at its Pratt & Whitney innovation facility in Longueuil, Quebec.

The initial run of the propulsion system marks the US aircraft manufacturer’s progress for future flight testing plans in 2024 and its efforts to develop sustainable propulsion technology through the demonstrator project.

The system, which combines an electric motor developed by Collins Aerospace and a fuel-burning engine from Pratt & Whitney can reduce up to 30% of CO2 emissions compared to today’s turboprop aircraft.

“Hybrid-electric propulsion technology offers significant potential to optimize efficiency across a range of different aircraft applications, helping our industry meet its ambitious goal for achieving net zero CO2 emissions,” said Jean Thomassin, Executive Director, New Products and Services, Pratt & Whitney Canada.

“With our ground test program now well underway, planned flight testing will enable us to accelerate the demonstration of this next-generation sustainable propulsion technology as we continue to expand our collaboration within Canada’s aerospace ecosystem and beyond.”

The project was originally launched by Raytheon Technologies via its Pratt & Whitney Canada and Collins Aerospace businesses in July 2021.