February 1991: A $3.8 million contract was awarded to Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation (AHC) from the Light Helicopter Turbine Company (LHTEC). Aim was to re-engine a single U.S. Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin helicopter. New power plant was the U.S. Army’s T800 engine. And on November 30, 1990, the first engine start occurred. With systems testing concluded, the Dolphin is to be sent to LHTEC’s facility in Phoenix, AZ. Ground and flight testing is scheduled for April 1991.