50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

WZ16 French-Chinese helicopter engine strengthened

Download: Printable PDF Date: 06 Nov 2019 11:41 category:
Publisher:
WZ16 French-Chinese helicopter engine strengthened - Manufacturer publisher
Dana Ermolenko
Country: France Aircraft: Helicopters

Safran and Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) have signed a memorandum of agreement to strengthen their industrial cooperation on the WZ16 French-Chinese helicopter engine. This agreement was signed in Beijing by Alexandre Ziegler, Safran Senior Executive Vice President, International and Public Affairs, and AECC Chairman Cao Jianguo, during French President Emmanuel Macron's State Visit to China.

The WZ16 is jointly developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and AECC. Certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) was announced on 10 October 2019. The engine is installed in the AVIC AC352 helicopter.

Through this memorandum of agreement, Safran Helicopter Engines and AECC agree to:

  • Study opportunity for a joint venture in China to support and maintain in-service WZ16.
  • Prepare and launch production ramp-up of WZ16 to deliver a first order of 120 engines and discuss opportunity for 100 additional units.
  • Discuss new applications for WZ16, including turboprop variant for fixed-wing aircraft.

Alexandre Ziegler says that "the WZ16 partnership between Safran and AECC is already a success as the first jointly-developed aero-engine to be entirely certified by Chinese authorities. This new agreement is an opportunity to enlarge our partnership, especially as we prepare for certification and entry-into-service".

Also known as the Ardiden 3C, the WZ16 is a new-generation turboshaft in the 1,700-2,000 shp range. The Ardiden 3C was certified by EASA in April 2018. 

The AC352's maiden flight took place on December 2016 and certification is planned for 2021.



Loading comments for WZ16 French-Chinese helicopter engine strengthened...


Recommended

Piper Aircraft news during SUN-n-FUN Aerospace Expo 2021

Last week was quite active with good news from Piper Aircraft! The aircraft which was on display at the annual Sun-n-Fun Aerospace Expo and will join Piper’s demo fleet was the 1,000th...

New seasonal routes for the summer with fludubai

flydubai has added two seasonal summer routes for passengers from Dubai and across the region. The carrier, which operates to Sabiha Gokcen International A...

The future of In-Flight entertainment

by  Kate Richards One of the main trademarks of the human condition is the incessant need for stimulation. We are incapable of being at rest. If not consumed by work, we seek stimuli from ente...

4 additional firm orders for 737-800 freighter conversions - GA Telesis & Aeronautical Engineers

GA Telesis announced four additional firm orders for 737-800SF freighter conversions with Aeronautical Engineers. The contract was executed by GAT’s LIFT (Leasing, Investments, Finance & Tra...