Turbomeca Details New Chinese Helo Engine Cooperation

 - January 20, 2011, 10:52 AM

Helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca is working on a 50-50 basis with Chinaπs Avic Engine on the WZ16 turboshaft that will power the Avicopter AC352 medium twin, formerly known as the Z-15. Avic Engine is in charge of the compressor and accessory gearbox, Turbomeca officials told AIN. The France-based company is responsible for the combustor, turbines and control system. The engine, which is to provide ≥1,800 shp and more,≤ is derived from the Turbomeca Ardiden. The agreement covers development, production and support. The two companies have committed to have the engine certified in China ≥the year before the AC352 is certified.≤ The latter milestone was previously planned for next year, but the aircraft has not flown yet, thus bringing the schedule into question. Avic Engine has recently regrouped several manufacturers in China, such as SAIC and Dongan. The AC352 was initially to be offered only with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67Es, like the Eurocopter EC175. Eurocopter and Avicopter are jointly developing the 15,000-pound-class EC175/AC352.

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