EASA Certifies Safran Ardiden 3C Engine

By Amy Kluber | April 20, 2018
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Safran WZ16 Ardiden 3C

Safran Helicopter Engines' Ardiden 3C "WZ16." Photo courtesy of Safran

Safran Helicopter Engines said Friday it has received EASA type certification for its Ardiden 3C, which powers China's Avicopter AC352. The engine had been jointly developed by Safran, Dongan and HAPRI as part of the Aero Engine Corporation of China consortium.

In China, the engine is known as the WZ16, with certification expected in that region in September 2019. It is to be the first helicopter engine to be certified by both China's certification body and EASA.


The Ardiden 3C is a turboshaft engine in the 1,700 to 2,000 shp class. It offers 10% lower fuel consumption compared to other engines in this class.

The engine began flight tests in December 2016 on the AC352's first flight. The Ardiden 3G, which received EASA certification in June 2017, will power Russian Helicopters' Ka-62.

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