Airbus warns of glitch that could affect A400M engines


Airbus on Tuesday warned of a technical bug potentially affecting the engines of its A400M that was discovered during an internal test after one of the military planes crashed in Spain. The company said in a statement it had sent out an alert to its clients urging them to carry out “specific checks of the Electronic Control Units (ECU) on each of the aircraft’s engines.”

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‘Hot engines’, UAVs: India’s wish list to Pentagon


India has asked the Pentagon for five key technologies, including advanced high-altitude UAVs and “hot engines” for its fighter jets, to bolster its defences, sources said.

New Delhi’s request for detailed proposals and licence requirements under the bilateral defence technology and trade initiative were conveyed to a visiting Pentagon delegation, sources said. US President Barack Obama visits India in January.

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DRDO to abandon indigenous fighter jet engine Kaveri project


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has decided to wind up the Kaveri engine (GTX­35VS ) programme, signaling an end to a desi dream of equipping its own fighter jet with a home­grown power plant.

Sources in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to OneIndia on Tuesday that the DRDO has already moved a file recently seeking the closure of the ambitious engine development project undertaken by Bengaluru­based Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE)

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Pratt defends F135 cost-reduction strategy against Pentagon criticism

United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney (P&W) military engines unit, the manufacturer of the only engine powering the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, plans to invest millions of dollars into further reducing the cost of the F135 in the wake of sharp criticism from the Pentagon’s F-35 programme manager…

Commissions or kickbacks?


More details are emerging in the jet engine kickbacks scam – which further establishes how late the UPA Government woke up and acted in the scam. In a letter to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Rolls Royce had itself accepted that it hired a consultant and a Singapore based firm Aashmore Pvt Ltd as “commercial advisor’…

MiG-29 engines: HAL blames Russian company for delay in handing over R&D technology

In obvious exchanges with Russia’s giant aerospace conglomerate, United Aircrafts Corporation (UAC), Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) had been expressing concerns about the delays related to engines for the MiG-29 aircrafts. Designated the nomenclature RD-33/3 and RD-33MK, both power the older MiG-29s that the Indian Air Force has in its inventory…

F-35 Chief Puts Heat On Pratt’s F-35 Engine Cost

Much of the $4.5 billion in F-35 procurement cost increases in the past year — part of a $7.8 billion total program increase — to the U.S. portion of the program are due to overly rosy projections on the anticipated decline in the “cost curve,” or price to build the stealthy fighter, says U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 program executive officer…

The first run of new WZ-16 helicopter engine

In last month, as planned, the first run of the Ardiden 3C helicopter engine, named WZ16 in China, jointly developed by Turbomeca (Safran) and AVIC Engine on an equally shared basis, was successfully achieved at Turbomeca Bordes (France) plant. This significant milestone confirms the good aeromechanical behavior and performances of this new generation engine and allows engagement in the test and certification phases of the development program. Preliminary testing of its major components has demonstrated the relevance of the technological choices.

This Ardiden 3C / WZ16 engine jointly designed by Turbomeca and AVIC Engine will fully respond to market requirements in the growing 6 to 8 tons helicopter segment. The modular design and dual channel FADEC makes this engine highly reliable and easy to operate, with the benefit of a low fuel consumption.

“This first run reflects the high quality of our partnership with AVIC Engine and is the first concrete step of a long term and sustainable program.” said Olivier Andriès, Chairman & CEO of Turbomeca.
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Powering the AC352 AVICopter helicopter, the Ardiden 3C/WZ16 engine will provide to the operators an unmatched level of performances, easy maintenance and reduced operating costs enabling their aircraft to fulfill the most demanding missions in a competitive environment.
This Ardiden 3C / WZ16 program is the result of a strong, continuous and long lasting cooperation started 30 years ago between Turbomeca (Safran) and AVIC. Through this partnership, the operators and aircraft manufacturers will benefit from the knowhow and experience of two key players in the field of aircraft propulsion.