By Helicopters Staff
Safran Helicopter Engines has received European Aviation Safety Agency Type Certification for its Aneto-1K engine, as fitted to the Leonardo AW189K. Intended for super-medium and heavy helicopters, the Aneto family produces between 2,500 and 3,000 shp. The 1K is rated at 2,500 shp and its first flight in the AW189K took place in March 2017.
“Certification represents a major milestone for the Aneto program, which will deliver best-in-class solutions for super medium and heavy helicopters,” said Christian Caneilles, VP Heavy Helicopter Engines Program, Safran. “It reflects the excellent performance demonstrated by the engine during its development phase. After an intensive and rigorous test campaign of more than 5,000 hours, on the ground and in-flight, the Aneto-1K is now ready to support AW189K entry-into-service.”
Safran states the Aneto family delivers 25 per cent more thermal power over existing similarly rated engines, resulting in increased mission capabilities. The company notes this additional power boost will be beneficial for demanding hot-and-high roles such as offshore transport, search and rescue, fire-fighting, law enforcement or military transport.
Maintenance of the Aneto is optimized with fewer scheduled tasks and longer service intervals. The engine also includes connected features like health monitoring (predictive maintenance) and full compatibility with BOOST, Safran’s new online engine configuration and maintenance management service.