Mon, Nov 22, 2010
Ninety Engines For The Chinese Corporation
Engine manufacturer Turbomeca said Thursday it has signed 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 is 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, 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
In addition, 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.
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. It
claims that half the helicopters in China are powered by their
engines or are equipped with other licensed products.
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