Turbomeca signed contracts with Russian Helicopters
Feb. 23, 2009 – Turbomeca has signed with Russian Helicopters/Kamov and with Helicopter Services Company contracts for the development and serial engine production of the Arrius 2G1.
Turbomeca has signed with Russian Helicopters / Kamov and with Helicopter Services Company contracts for the development and serial engine production of the Arrius 2G1 to be installed on the Ka-226T, the Russian twin-engine helicopter with double counter-rotating rotor.
At this time Russia is experiencing a need for light helicopters capable of multiple missions such as transport, EMS, aerial work and surveillance.
The technology of double coaxial counter-rotating rotors, developed byKamov, is unique in the world.
"Combining a double rotor and an engine from the latest generation such as the Arrius, will considerably increase the performance of the Ka-226. This helicopter will not only establish itself in Russia, but also in numerous countries where such an affordable multi-purpose versatile machine is needed. I am very happy about this first contract which is the start of a long -lasting relationship between the Russian Helicopter Industry and Turbomeca”, confides Pierre Fabre, Chairman & CEO of Turbomeca.
A proven engine dedicated for multi-missions
The new Arrius 2G1 engine from Turbomeca, has been tailored to perfectly fit the power pack flying the Kamov Ka-226T. This new variant is actually a derivative engine from the existing Arrius 2, which was qualified 10 years ago, has proven its durability and reliability worldwide. As such, it fully complies with the latest and current world-regulation for public transport where in case of one engine is inoperative the remaining engine enables to fly the helicopter.
The demands for such missions encompass Medical Evacuation (MedEvac), along with law enforcement, pipeline surveillance, border-patrol, including flying in "hot & high" geographical conditions.
The certification of the the Ka-226T/Arrius 2G1 is expected for end 2010.
The family of Arrius engines rely on a solid experience of more than 2,300 delivered engines, accumulating close to 4 million flight hours. Turbomeca worldwide network already provides the after sales support of Arrius for 430 customers in 60 countries.
Turbomeca (SAFRAN Group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 50 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. With 2,350 customers in over 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 15 sites, 26 TurboSupport Centers, 24 repair centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.