The Ardiden 3TP is a turboprop engine suitable for European military applications – specifically the unmanned, training and transport sectors. ITP Aero strengthens the European team working on this project, which also includes Safran Helicopter Engines and ZF Aviation Technology in Germany.
Ardiden 3TP is a European solution based on Safran’s Ardiden three-core engine, featuring technologies developed through its Tech TP technological demonstrator, which ran for the first time in June 2019.
A 100-per-cent European project
Alvaro Santodomingo, ITP Aero Defence Business Unit Executive Director, said: “A collaboration with Safran Helicopter Engines [on this project] is an important opportunity for us. Our aero-engine technologies and capabilities will significantly benefit this engine propulsive system, lowering operating and maintenance costs, while supporting future Spanish industrial capabilities”.
Florent Chauvancy, Safran Helicopter Engines EVP OEM Sales, added: “We are proud to welcome ITP Aero into this exciting project. We are committed to delivering the Ardiden 3TP, a 100-per-cent European engine featuring high levels of design maturity and competitive operating and maintenance costs. It will be designed, built and supported by highly experienced teams using state-of-the-art industrial capabilities in Germany, Spain and France. For European nations seeking to protect their national interests, in civil or military fixed-wing programs, Ardiden 3TP is the natural choice.”
The Ardiden 3TP will be optimized for operation at medium and high altitudes, up to 45,000 feet, and be easy to operate thanks to a unique throttle and Full Authority Digital Engine and Propeller Control (FADEPC) controlling power and propeller pitch. MT-Propeller will contribute to the propeller.
Lower CO2 emissions
The Ardiden is based on Tech TP, a Clean Sky 2 research and innovation program, validating the technologies necessary to develop a new-generation turboprop. Since June 2019, tests have progressed at a steady pace. Featuring a compact and lightweight architecture, Tech TP offers 15-per-cent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions (over current engines). It is one of the first Clean Sky 2 demonstrators to enter its test phase. More than 20 partners from eight European countries are contributing to the project.
The Ardiden 3 is a new-generation core engine in the 1,700 to 2,000 shp power range. Two EASA-certified models, the Ardiden 3C and 3G, have completed over 10,000 hours of tests, confirming high levels of design maturity and competitive operating and maintenance costs. In addition, more than 250 Ardiden 1 engines have flown over 200,000 hours. The Ardiden 3 features a remarkably compact modular architecture, a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio and a low cost-of-ownership.
In July, Safran Helicopter Engines and German company ZF Aviation Technology signed a MoA to strengthen their collaboration, another step towards strengthening its European team.