The Airbus Military Company has selected the TP400 engine for the A400M aircraft and that it will be jointly developed and manufactured by a European consortium.
The chosen engine is a ten thousand shaft-horsepower turbo-prop, combining a military M88 core with a three-shaft civil aero engine.
The TP400 engine is the result of a combined effort by Rolls-Royce, Snecma Moteurs, MTU Aero Engines, FiatAvio, Industria de Turbopropulsores and Techspace Aero. The Turkish aero engine industry will also be invited to participate in the partnership. A joint venture company will be formed to manage the programme.
The company claims that the TP400 will be the most powerful turbo-prop engine so-far produced in the western world and, combined with the aircraft’s aerodynamic qualities, will make the A400M the world’s fastest new-generation turbo-prop aircraft. Commitments for 225 A400M military transport aircraft have been received from the eight launch customer nations: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Contract signature is expected within the first half of 2001 leading to first deliveries in 2007.
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