The latest Arrius engine, the Arrius 2R, completed its first rotations on May 5. The engine, destined for Bell Helicopter’s Jet Ranger replacement, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, is designed to deliver performance and power within the 500 shp range, while improving safety and lowering pilot workload via a full authority dual-channel engine control (FADEC). The twin-module configuration is expected to reduce fuel consumption and lead to lower operating costs.
More than 3,000 Arrius engines have been sold by Turbomeca, accumulating 6.6-million flight hours for 430 customers in 60 countries. Launched in 2013, development of the Arrius 2R is proceeding to schedule and certification is planned for the end of 2015.
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X was unveiled last February at Heli-Expo 2014 and approximately 200 letters of intent have already been signed, indicating a high level of market acceptance.
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