Dowty Propellers awarded $160 million contract

Dowty Propellers has been awarded $160 million by two Chinese businesses to provide an all-composite propeller system for the Y8F600 civil freighter aircraft.

Dowty Propellers, a part of the UK’s Smiths Aerospace, has been awarded a contract by the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation and the Shaanxi Aircraft Industry Company to provide an all-composite propeller system for the re-engined Y8F600 civil freighter aircraft.

The contract is worth approximately $160m over the life of the program.

The four-engined aircraft is to be powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW150B turboprop engine. More than 120 aircraft are expected to be delivered during the first 20 years following aircraft certification.

Flight test hardware is to be delivered to Shaanxi Aircraft Industry in the spring of 2004, with aircraft certification at the end of 2005 and entry into service in early 2006.

The 6-bladed, 13.5-ft diameter all-composite propeller system for the Y8F600 (rated at a max take-off power of 5,071-shaft horsepower) is said to be identical to an existing Dowty propeller system already operating within China.

According to Smiths Aerospace, Dowty Propellers was in the unique position of being able to offer a fully developed, mature propeller system, which has already been integrated onto the PW150 engine.