Turbomeca at Heli-Expo 2014
Bordes, February 19th, 2014
At Heli-Expo, Turbomeca (Safran) will display its principal product lines: Arriel, Arrano, Ardiden 3 and RTM 322. The line-up is completed by the latest Arrius 2R, selected by Bell Helicopter to power its new SLS (Short Light Single) helicopter.
The Arrius 2R is the latest member of a 3,000-strong engine family. This new engine version delivers performance and power within the 450-550 shp class, while improving safety and lowering pilot workload via a Full Authority Dual-channel Engine Control (FADEC). The twin-module engine configuration is designed to reduce fuel consumption and lower the cost of operation.
The Arriel passes a major milestone at Heli-Expo: 40 million flight hours achieved with over 1,300 customers in 110 countries. The Arriel family, delivering take-off power ranging from 700 to 950 shp, powers 40 different helicopter variants.
The Arrano is a new 1,100 shp engine designed for four to six-ton. Its first application will be in the Airbus Helicopters X4 — a new-generation, five to six-ton helicopter. The first test run of the Arrano will take place in the coming weeks.
The Ardiden is designed to provide 1,400 to 2,000 shp, for helicopters in the five to eight-ton class. The Ardiden 1's first application is the Hindustan Aeronautics Dhruv while the Ardiden 3 power the Kamov Ka-62 and Avicopter AC352.
The RTM322 is now 100% Turbomeca. In the 2,100 to 2,600 shp range, it is fitted to the WAH 64 Apache, EH 101 and NH 90 helicopters. The RTM322 has staked its place in aviation history by setting a new world speed record of 255 knots in level flight, installed in the Eurocopter twin-engine X3 hybrid helicopter.
Turbomeca will also demonstrate BOOST (Bank Of Online Services and Technologies) its highly secure web-based application developed in association with IBM. It is designed to help operators plan maintenance activities, analyse engine trends and manage their fleets more effectively.
Media representatives are invited to the Turbomeca Press Conference, which will take place at the Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom B,C,D, the 25th at 8.45 am and to meet Turbomeca's team on Safran booth (#2814).
Turbomeca (Safran) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced 70,000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Offering the widest range of engines in the world and dedicated to 2,500 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 30 Certified Maintenance Centers, 18 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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