A press release from the two companies details that the WZ16/Ardiden 3C is a new-generation turboshaft in the 1,700-2,000 shp range. It has been developed to be installed in the AVIC AC352 helicopter and is the first jointly developed aero engine to be entirely certified by Chinese authorities.
“Certification from Chinese authorities marks a major milestone for Safran Helicopter Engines and AECC” commented Bruno Bellanger, Safran Helicopter Engines’ Executive Vice-President of Programmes. “It confirms that the WZ16 is now ready to operate in accordance with world-class Chinese safety and performance standards, thanks to an intensive maturation plan conducted by our partners. It is also a historic moment for the Chinese aerospace industry as it is the first-ever jointly-developed aero engine to be entirely CAAC certified, and a major step toward AC352 entry-into-service”.
Harbin Dongan Engine, the Type Certificate holder, extended thanks for the close co-operation of AECC, Harbin Dongan Engine, HAPRI and Safran Helicopter Engines, and commended the strong support of the CAAC.