21-Feb-2010 Source: Turbomeca
With over 60% global market share in its power segment (from 700 to 900 shp), the Arriel is today the engine of choice of 1,300 customers in 110 countries. Since 1977, the Arriel engine has been significantly contributing to the helicopter industry.
The 28 Arriel versions power modern and successful light and medium, single and twin-engines helicopters. Amongst them: the Eurocopter Ecureuil, Dauphin, EC130, EC145 and EC155, the Sikorsky S-76 and the Agusta A109 K2, as well as the AVIC Z9.
â€œThe Arriel has long proven its reliability in a wide variety of demanding missions, including EMS, SAR, utility and offshore operations.â€ says Pierre Fabre, CEO of Turbomeca (Safran group). â€œWe thank all our customers who put their confidence in the Arriel engine for their various missions. Contributing to their complete satisfaction is always a top of mind concern for us.â€
Emblematic Arriel operators
In 2004, the USCG (United States Coast Guard) selected the Arriel 2C2 CG engine for the re-engining of the 95 HH65 Dolphin helicopters.
The same variant has been selected beginning 2010 by the Brazilian Army to upgrade their 34 Panther.
In 2006, EADS North America were awarded the United States Armyâ€™s Light Utility Helicopter contract, including 322 UH72A Lakota twin-engine helicopters powered by Turbomecaâ€™s Arriel 1E2, which offers today a T.B.O. of 3,600 hours.
Turbomeca is also proud to mention the confidence and the loyalty of all the other operators flying daily with the Arriel engines.
World records amongst othersâ€¦
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 14 May 2005, Arriel 2B1 powering the Eurocopter AS350B3: first on the top of the world (Mount Everest, 8,850 m / 29,035 ft),
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 19 November 1991, Arriel 1 powering the Dauphin AS365: speed record with 380 km/h,
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 14 May 1985, Arriel 1D powering the Ecureuil AS350B1: climbing record with a time to reach 9,000 m of 13â€™51â€™â€™, maximum altitude reached: 9,160 m.
Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 68 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Dedicated to 2,350 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 26 Maintenance Centers, 24 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.