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United Technologies (UTX) Affirms 2012 Forecast; Unit To Develop Advanced Variable Speed Turbine

 November 27, 2012 10:03 AM
 


(By Balaseshan) United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) affirmed its fiscal 2012 guidance that are in line with Street's expectations and continues to expect cash flow from operations less capital expenditures to exceed earnings for the year.

The company continues to expect earnings per share of $5.25 to $5.35 from continuing operations for the fiscal 2012, and sales of about $58 billion, while Street analysts predict EPS of $5.32 on revenue of $57.92 billion.

In a separate release, the company's unit Pratt & Whitney said it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to research and develop an Advanced Variable-Speed Power Turbine (AVSPOT) to meet the range and lift requirements for current and future force rotorcraft.

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The AVSPOT program is an initiative by the U.S. Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, in collaboration with NASA, to develop turbine technology that improves performance, efficiency, and affordability of rotorcraft engines, and to validate that technology in a laboratory environment by 2016.

Although future mission requirements are still being considered, the program aims to develop a power turbine that would allow future medium as well as large rotorcraft to hover at up to 10,000 ft and cruise at up to 25,000 ft altitude while maintaining high operating efficiency.

Whereas current state of the art power turbines operate in the 95% to 105% speed range, AVSPOT is intended to allow rotorcraft to optimize power turbine speed in the range of 55% to 105% while optimizing fuel consumption, cost, weight and durability.

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There are significant challenges to enabling the higher power and rotor speed needed for takeoff and climb, as well as slower optimized rotor speed at cruise. To address these challenges, Pratt & Whitney is pursuing a technological approach that reduces the speed of the power turbine while optimizing its efficiency.

UTX is trading down 0.15% at $78.56 on Tuesday. The stock has been trading between $70.71 and $87.50 for the past 52 weeks.

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