Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters International Ltd., an emerging New Zealand helicopter manufacturer, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to place the RR300 engine into Composite Helicopter’s new KC630 composite helicopter manufactured using their patented EvoStrength™ technology.
Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters will also work toward placing Rolls-Royce M250 engine variants into future Composite Helicopter platforms.
The RR300 turboshaft engine is an optimal engine choice for the power requirements of the KC630 helicopter, and other Rolls-Royce M250 engines will meet Composite Helicopters’ overall strategy for helicopter growth variants.
Jason Propes, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Helicopters, said, “We are excited to work with Composite Helicopters International as they continue to develop their revolutionary KC630 helicopter. The Rolls-Royce RR300 is an ideal choice, with the right mix of power, reliability and economical operation. We look forward to continued discussions with Composite Helicopters and the progression of the KC630 through the Type Certification process.”
Peter Maloney, Composite Helicopters International, CEO, said, “These are exciting times for us presenting the EvoStrengthTM helicopter technology to industry in the form of the KC630 matched with the RR300. The technology leap in safety, strength and low operating costs of the helicopter will benefit a wide range of helicopter operators for many years to come”.
Designed as a replacement for piston engines in light helicopters and general aviation aircraft, the Rolls-Royce RR300 engine is optimized for performance in the 240 – 300 shp power range. The engine has a certified multi-fuel capability and proven turbine engine responsiveness, smoothness and worry-free reliability.
A maintenance philosophy of a 2000-hour Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) has been incorporated to assure dependable power and predictable performance for the owner/operator. RR300 operators are supported by a global network of Rolls-Royceauthorized service providers.
The RR300 engine was developed out of the legacy of the trusted Rolls-Royce M250 engine line, which has topped 235 million flight hours from more than 31,000 engines delivered to the marketplace. M250 engines have powered more than 100 aircraft types and about 15,000 are in service around the world in civilian and military use.
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