The companies plan to offer a turboprop engine suitable for European military applications, specifically the unmanned, training and transport sectors. ZF Aviation Technology is also confirmed as a strategic partner for the propeller reduction and accessory gearbox of the Ardiden 3TP engine.
This European solution will be based on Safran’s Ardiden 3 core engine and feature technologies developed through a technological demonstrator, currently underground in France.
Burkhard Sibert, Head of ZF Aviation Technology, said: “Signing the Memorandum of Agreement is an important milestone in the partnership with Safran Helicopter Engines. With its adaptable architecture and flexible equipment integration, the turboprop engine meets our customers' requirements, also in terms of easy serviceability and maintenance. At the same time, we are strengthening the importance of the European aviation industry not only by building up industrial skills, but also by creating and maintaining jobs in France and Germany during this difficult economic time.”
Florent Chauvancy, Safran Helicopter Engines EVP OEM Sales, commented: “We are proud to have a highly-experienced German partner such as ZF Aviation Technology on our side. Through this partnership, Ardiden 3TP will be designed, built and supported by state-of-the-art industrial capabilities in Germany and France. It represents a commitment to protect European interests on strategic fixed-wing programmes and will create future opportunities for export markets. The pandemic crisis caused deep impacts across the aeronautic industry. European projects will play a crucial role of stabilization and support to our industries to sustain critical expertise and develop further innovations.”
The Ardiden 3TP will be optimized for operation at medium and high altitudes, up to 45,000 feet, and be easy to operate, due to Full Authority Digital Engine and Propeller Control controlling power and propeller pitch.