Europrop International GmbH has delivered the four TP400 turboprop engines which will power the German Air Force’s first A400M transport aircraft. The engines were dispatched to the Airbus Defense and Space final assembly line in Seville, Spain.
This delivery comes at the same time as the completion of EPI’s 50th production-standard engine. Europrop International’s president, Ian Crawford, said: “These are notable milestones in the history of the TP400 and highlight the ramp-up in the production phase of the programme. Our teams have worked hard to ensure that we have met all our delivery targets as the pace of production has accelerated to meet the demands of our customer, Airbus Defense and Space. I am very proud of their efforts to ensure a successful beginning to the service life of the TP400 – the most powerful engine of its kind ever developed in the West.”
By the end of June 2014, the 12 TP400 engines operated by the French and Turkish air forces had logged a total of 2,000 engine flight-hours, demonstrating excellent performance.
Notes to Editors EPI Europrop International GmbH was created by four leading European aero-engine companies (Industria de Turbo Propulsores, MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce and Snecma [Safran]) to manage the TP400 engine programme. Designed to power the Airbus Military A400M military transport, the TP400 is the most powerful turboshaft engine in the West. It features a three-shaft configuration and will deliver a maximum power output of 11,000 shaft horsepower.