Turbomeca (Safran group) and CATIC / AVIC International signed a contract for 90 additional Arriel 2C engines

Zhuhai, 16 November 2010

During Airshow China in Zhuhai, Turbomeca (Safran group), leading manufacturer of gas turbines for helicopters, announces the signature of a contract for 90 Arriel 2C engines with CATIC (China Aviation Technology Import-Export Corporation) and AVIC International (AVIC International Holding Corporation) for their respective export markets. The first engines will be delivered this year.

"This new contract reinforces the collaboration between Turbomeca and China, which began over 30 years ago. I am confident that this collaboration will see a bright future, bringing to Chinese helicopter industry reliable power." said Pierre Fabre, chairman & CEO of Turbomeca.

Arriel 2C: the latest version of the Arriel turboshaft engine family
The Arriel 2 features a very simple design, with a reduced number of parts and only five modules for easy maintenance.
The Arriel 2 has a TBO (Time Between Overhaul) of 3,500 hours

Turbomeca in China
The engine manufacturer is continuing and creating even closer links between Chinese and French industries.
Local presence and proximity support are reinforced with Turbomeca (Beijing) Helicopter Engines, increasing the Turbomeca assistance to the operators locally.
Furthermore, Turbomeca performed industrial worksharing with Beijing Turbomeca Changkong, the first joint company between Turbomeca and an AVIC company, to assemble and tests the hydro-mechanical modules (HCU, FCU) of turbine engines.
Powering 300 helicopters in China, Turbomeca is the leading helicopter engine supplier in China: one helicopter out of two is equipped with Turbomeca engines or licensed products.
Turbomeca has established ties with Chinese airframers HAIG (Harbin Aircraft Industries Group) & CAIG (Changhe Aircraft Industry Group), as well as with AVIC's helicopter engine manufacturing entities Dongan and SAIC through various collaboration programs in the 2.5 to 7 ton helicopter market.

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About Turbomeca
Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 68 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Dedicated to 2,350 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 26 Maintenance Centers, 24 Repair & Overhaul Centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians.
Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.

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