AIN Online by Mark Huber that talks about how Safran working on a new and larger engine. It was Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engine’s CEO who stated that 2016 was a challenging year. The company did well during the beginning of 2016. Here is what Huber said about Safran’s 2016 success.
“These include the Airbus H160 flying for the first time with Arrano engines; first flight of the Russian Helicopters Kamov Ka-62 on April 28 powered by Ardiden 3Gs; the July 27 first of Avic’s AC312e in China with the Arriel 2E; India’s first flight of the single engine HAL light utility on September 16 with the Shakti 1U (Ardiden 1H); and at the end of December, first flight of the Chinese Avicopter AC352, powered by the WZ16.”
Even has speculation that the market will be flat in 2017. However the WZ16 will help. The engine was co-designed and co-produced by Safran’s Chinese part which works with CAPO, Dongan, and Aero Engine Corporation of China. This will have the best in class power to weight ratio, low cost of ownership, and a 10 percent lower fuel consumption compared to others in the same class of engines. The engines will have 1500 to 2000 shp turboshaft.
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