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A gas turbine engine that powers a rotating cylindrical shaft, as to a pump or a helicopter rotor.
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a propulsion system used mainly in helicopters and hovercraft, where the shaft is connected to a gearbox and transmits power from a gas turbine
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(ˈtɜr boʊˌʃæft, -ˌʃɑft)
a gas turbine used to deliver shaft power, as to a helicopter rotor. Also called tur′boshaft en`gine.
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The Mi-8 AMTSh is a combat transport version of the Mi-17 helicopter, with more powerful turboshafts and portside tail rotor.
The Lakota is powered by two 738-horsepower Turbomeca Arriel turboshafts, carries eight soldiers in addition to its crew of two, has an empty weight of 1795 kg for a similar payload capacity and, quite importantly, has an operational ceiling of some 18,000 feet.
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This would have two 1165-kW Rolls-Royce/Honeywell T800 turboshafts, a gross weight of 4265 kg, a 1360-kg payload and a cruise speed of 370 km/h at 20,000 ft.