|New Russian-French Cooperation on Helicopter Engines |
New Russian-French Cooperation on Helicopter Engines
Source: SNECMA: Bordes, August 27, 2001.
Turbomeca, a SNECMA group Company, the firms Kamov and NPO Saturn have signed a MOU to power the Kamov helicopters Ka-226, Ka-115 and possibly other Kamov products with the ARRIUS 2G engine. It is also intended to co-produce the ARRIUS 2G in Russia.
The ARRIUS engine is a turboshaft of the 500 to 800 shp class of the latest generation. More than 1000 ARRIUS have already been produced by Turbomeca and are flying with more than 150 operators in the world.
Turbomeca, a firm of 3,500 persons, is universally recognized as an expert in small gas turbines, especially for rotorcraft. Turbomeca offers the largest range of engines in the world for helicopters, power extending from 500 to 3000 shp.
The Snecma group and NPO Saturn have been already successfully cooperating in the field of aero-engine for the last four years on various engineering and manufacturing projects. This cooperation on helicopter engines opens a new field and increases further the involvement of the Snecma group in Russia.
Turbomeca is one of the world leaders in the design, development and manufacture of small and medium gas turbines for helicopters. Since the company began operations, it has produced nearly 48,000 turbines. The headquarters are based in Bordes (France). Turbomeca is part of the Snecma group.