TP400-D6 engine - Europrop International (EPI)
Europrop International (EPI) was selected to power the new Airbus Military A400M military transport with the Western world's largest-ever turboprop engine. Initially more than 750 TP400-D6 engines will be required for the 180 four-engined A400M aircraft committed to by participating nations. The TP400-D6 engine is being developed and manufactured by Europe's four leading engine manufacturers: Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP), MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce and Snecma Moteurs, the four partners of EPI.
Prof. Dr. Günter Kappler, Managing Director of EPI, said: "Winning this fiercely contested contract bears testimony to the tremendous capabilities of the European engine industry. The TP400-D6 combines the 'best of the best' from all partners while providing the customer with the lowest overall costs of ownership. "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 TP400-D6 development plan matches the Airbus Military milestone planning for the A400M. The first 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. It benefits from the proven technologies the four partners have developed in many civil and military engine programs. Further applications for the TP400-D6 technologies may come up later.
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 cooperates 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.
Europrop International is headquartered in Munich, Germany. The company is the sole point of contact for customers and government agencies, responsible for the development of the TP400-D6 including type certification, and for customer service, logistics, repair and marketing activities.
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