Safran Helicopter delivers first U.S.-built Arrius 2R engine
Safran Helicopter Engines has delivered on schedule the first Arrius 2R engine made in the U.S. Celebration of this handover to Bell Helicopter took place at Safran Helicopter Engines’ USA facility in Grand Prairie, Tex. It marks a major step in the 2R program and Safran’s commitment to supply Bell Helicopter with best-in-class products, assembled in the U.S.
The Arrius 2R powers the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light single-engine rotorcraft. Until now, units had been assembled at Safran Helicopter Engines headquarters located at Bordes, in the southwest of France.
Formally launched at the 2013 Paris Air Show alongside the Bell 505, the Arrius 2R has followed a fast development schedule. A rigorous evaluation campaign started in April 2014 with its first ground run. The flight test program started in November 2014 with the first flight of the Bell 505 at Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel facility. The Arrius 2R was certified in December 2015.