Paris Air Show: Ardiden 3G receives EASA cert
Safran Helicopter Engines’ Ardiden 3G has received EASA type certification, with the company marking the milestone at a ceremony at the Paris Air Show on 19 June with Russian Helicopters whose Kamov Ka-62 is powered by the engine.
The other variant of the Ardiden 3 is AVIC's 3C/WZ16 engine, which will be utilised on board its AC352, the Chinese version of the H175, which first flew at the end of last year.
Safran Helicopter Engines chief of programme for medium-heavy helicopter engines Jean-Baptiste Jarin told Shephard that despite the EASA type certification, the manufacturers of the two platforms that will utilise the engine in Russia and China will have to undertake their own certification tests at home.
‘We have been working to get the certification for some years from now. So now, for sure, the two air framers - who have already chosen the Ardiden 3 - have to run their own certification tests,' Jarin explained.
‘In China, AVIC [Aviation Industry Corporation of China] is working for certification in 2019 and Kamov we believe are roughly in the same timeframe. They [Kamov] conducted their first flight last month.’
The 1,700-2,000shp engine recently flew on board the Ka-62 in Vladivostok, Russia on 25 May.
The engine was unveiled in 2010 and the development of the Ardiden 3G for Kamov specifically began in 2011. The Ardiden 3G has amassed over 8,500 test hours.
In relation to the EASA type certification, Andrey Boginsky, CEO at Russian Helicopters, said in a release that the authorisation means that the platform can now be promoted to the international market.
‘EASA certification gives us an opportunity to accelerate the certification of the Ka-62 according to international standards and to bring it to the foreign market. Concerning the Russian market, we suppose that in the near future Safran's engine will be also approved in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Air Transport Agency,' Boginsky said.
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