France-based engine manufacturer Snecma has started ground-testing the core engine demonstrator of its Silvercrest turbofan design. At the company’s Villaroche facilities near Paris, the $100 million demonstration effort is expected to pave the way for full-scale development. The 9,500- to 12,000-pound-thrust engine is targeted mainly at super-midsize to large business jets. Snecma is hoping to launch the program by the middle of the year.
French engine manufacturer Snecma recently started ground tests of the core engine demonstrator for its Silvercrest business aircraft turbofan. The $100 million core demonstration effort at the company’s Villaroche facilities near Paris is expected to pave the way for full-scale development. The 9,500- to 12,000-pound-thrust engine is targeted mainly at super-midsize to large business jets.
Safran’s business in India has taken a step forward following the recent maiden flight of Hindustan Aeronautics’ Dhruv helicopter powered by the Ardiden 1H Shakti turboshaft engine produced by the French group’s Turbomeca division. The move bolsters Safran’s long-term expansion plans in India, not only in the defense market but also in the booming civil sector.
Snecma’s half share in the PowerJet SaM146 turbofan may represent the Safran Group’s biggest contribution to the Sukhoi Superjet project, but nearly a dozen other subsidiaries are supplying equipment and services for that airplane.
The PowerJet SaM146 turbofan that France’s Safran is showing in scale model form here at the Dubai Air Show (Stand W510) represents not just the application of engine subsidiary Snecma’s CFM56 experience to a regional jet-size engine but one of the most ambitious attempts yet to combine the strengths of Western and Russian aerospace technology.
Airbus Military will receive the first four flight test engines for the delayed A400M medium-lift transport by the end of the year, ending speculation that the TP400 engine program has run into serious difficulties.
The debate about the design of future commercial aircraft engines broadened this year as concerns mounted over the effect aircraft engines may be having on global warming, while the cost of aviation fuel rocketed and noise became ever more of an issue.
The European Union’s research program on noise reduction, Silence(r), officially ended in June with promising results. It explored all noise sources, from engines to landing gear and flaps. However, although it achieved a reduction of five decibels in aircraft noise, several more leads need to be developed to reach the ambitious target of cutting a full 10 dB from average noise levels by 2020.
The aerospace world got its first close look at the Sukhoi Superjet 100 when Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company staged a rollout ceremony on September 26 outside its final assembly plant in the Siberian city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
French powerplant manufacturer Snecma said it will begin testing its Silvercrest engine next month. The Safran subsidiary’s entry into the 10,000-pound-thrust turbine category was snubbed earlier this year by Dassault, which instead tapped rival Rolls-Royce to power its new super-midsize jet. Snecma, which specializes in engines for airliners, intends to bring the reliability of its popular CFM series to the business jet market.