Europrop International (EPI) has been awarded a contract worth up to 4 billion Euros to produce 750 TP400-D6 engines for 180 Military A400M aircraft currently on order with Airbus.
The TP400-D6 engine is being developed and manufactured by Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP), MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce and Snecma Moteurs, the four partners of EPI, which is based in Germany.
‘Winning this fiercely contested contract bears testimony to the tremendous capabilities of the European engine industry,’ said Professor Dr. GÃ¼nter Kappler, Managing Director of EPI. ‘This engine selection helps the development of the high technology aero engine industry in Europe, securing approximately 3,000 high value, high skilled jobs across Europe.’
The first TP400-D6 engine is due to go to test in August 2005 with engines delivered for first flight in September 2007.
The TP400-D6 is a three-shaft configuration that will deliver a maximum power output in excess of 11,000 shaft horsepower. Measuring 5.3 meters in propeller diameter, it will be the Western world’s largest turboprop engine, benefiting from the technologies the four partners have developed in many civil and military engine programs.
ITP is responsible for the low-pressure turbine including the turbine exit casing, the dressing and the front frame. MTU is responsible for the intermediate-pressure spool, comprising the intermediate-pressure compressor and turbine. It also co-operates with Snecma Moteurs in producing the engine control system and also has final assembly responsibility for all of the engines produced.
Rolls-Royce is responsible for engine integration, the high-pressure compressor, low-pressure shaft, intermediate casing and the structural parts for the bearing supports. In addition to its engine control system role, Snecma Moteurs is responsible for the combustor and the high-pressure turbine as well as the powerplant installation on aircraft.