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Rotorcraft Asia 2019: Safran ready for China’s growth now

19th March 2019 - 12:00 GMT | by Helen Haxell in London


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Safran is seeing a current demand from China to support its civil helicopter fleets which the engine manufacturer hopes to deliver on through its pending certification in-country.

Safran is expecting that this year will see in Q4 the Chinese certification of the Ardiden 3C/WZ16 engine which is onboard the Avicopter AC352/H175. EASA certification was achieved in Q1 2018 so the anticipation is 18 months later in September 2019 the Chinese aviation authorities will follow suit with certification.

The engine has been jointly developed and built by the company and Dongan and HAPRI of the Aero Engine Corporation of China consortium.

Bruno Bellanger, executive VP of programmes at Safran, told Shephard in February 2019 on the engine: ‘It will be for China the first civil certification of a Chinese engine. It’s a cooperation – the WZ16 is an important target and shows a good cooperation between Europe and China.’

Within the commercial sphere, EMS and public services are currently proving significant to the Chinese helicopter market, Bellanger said.

‘There’s a need inside China for the application of medical services, transport and parapublic [helicopters], I'm not thinking about the future I’m talking about right now.

‘There is a lot of potential for China to grow faster in terms of infrastructure, pilot training group, maintenance crew training and so on,’ he commented.

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