Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA engine type certification for its Ardiden 3G engine, which powers Russian Helicopters’ Ka-62. The helicopter made its official maiden flight on 25 May 2017. Since its first ground test, the Ardiden 3 maturation and certification campaign has accumulated more than 8500 hours of test. Thanks to this extensive test phase, the Ardiden 3G will demonstrate a high level of maturity at entry into service.
Unveiled in 2010, the Ardiden 3 engine family is the only new-generation 1,700 to 2,000 shaft horse-power engine range designed for the six to nine ton helicopter. In 2011 the 3G variant was selected by Russian Helicopters to power the Ka-62. Another variant, the 3C / WZ16, has also been selected by Chinese manufacturer Avicopter to power its AC352 which made its first flight in December 2016.
“This is a very significant event for the Ka-62 and it is the result of intensive work of the Safran Helicopter Engines Team. EASA certification gives us an opportunity to accelerate the certification of Ka-62 according to international standards and to bring it to the foreign market. Concerning the Russian market, we suppose that in the near future Safran’s engine will be also approved in accordance with the requirements of Federal Air Transport Agency”, commented Andrey Boginsky, Russian Helicopters CEO.
Commented Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, “this first certification is a major milestone in the Ardiden 3 program. The engine is also performing extremely well and represents a major step for the Ka-62 flight test program. We are fully committed to support Russian Helicopters as it approaches entry into service.”
Ardiden 3 engines represent a very effective combination of new and mature technologies, combining exceptional performance with low operating and maintance costs, with a TBO (Time between overhaul) of 5,000 hours at entry-into-service. Ardiden 3 engines also deliver at least 10 % better fuel consumption over engines operating in the same power range.
- Survitec launches new Emergency Breathing System for helicopter ops
- Man charged after UK police helicopter struck by laser
- EASA Rotorcraft Symposium – technical publications now available
- US Army studies eVTOL acoustics in the quest for silent helicopters
- Bell Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New in Aerospace” Award
- MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract
- New helipad opens at Groves Memorial Community Hospital
- Melfort hospital helipad complete
- Italian Air Force enhances emergency response and homeland security capabilities
- Air Methods donates AS350B2 to Mercy Air Africa
- ITT Enidine selected as partner for Bell 360 program
- PS Engineering responds to customer requests with latest PAC45J audio controller
- Bell Opens Global Commercial Business Center
- GKN Aerospace promotes its role in German NH90 order
- NZ helicopter operator charged over volcano tourist health and safety
- Korean Air extends USMC H-53 APAC maintenance contract
- Aviation Data Solutions launches unique software solutions for operators and handling agents
- ConnectSkies agency champions ‘green’ helicopters
- Transport Canada strengthens ELT requirements
- GKN wins Boeing silver award for AH-64 and CH-47 program work