A400M engines delivered
EPI Europrop International (EPI) has announced that it has started delivery of the first production series TP400-D6 engines that will power the French Air Force’s first A400M military transport aircraft into service in early 2013. The company made the announcement 18 April, 2012.
According to EPI, the engines were assembled in Munich from modules produced by the four EPI partner companies - ITP, MTU, Rolls-Royce and Snecma - prior to testing in Berlin and dispatch to the Airbus A400M final assembly line in Seville, Spain. The company will now ramp up production rates for the engine programme.
A company spokesperson said that the engines have continued to perform well in the flight test programme, and that over 10,000 flight hours have been accumulated.
The TP400 engine was certified by EASA in May 2011. Since the first engine run in 2005 the TP400 has completed over 20,000 running hours, both in flight and on the ground.
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