Safran Group subsidiary Turbomeca has reached an agreement to provide its TM800 engine for the Eurocopter X4 future helicopter, the planned replacement for the AS365/EC155 Dauphin. The formal contract comes five months after Turbomeca CEO Olivier Andries first mentioned the five to six-ton class, 1,100 shp (800kW) powerplant would be linked to the X4 during Heli-Expo in February. As part of Eurocopter’s “two-engine strategy” for all of its in-development helicopters, the manufacturer selected Pratt & Whitney Canada to provide its 1,000-shp PW210E for the X4 as well. Turbomeca will develop and certify the TM800 in parallel with the X4’s target entry into service during 2017.
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