EPI signs support contract for TP400 engines powering Malaysia’s A400M military aircraft

Europrop International GmbH (EPI) today signed an In-Service Support (ISS) agreement with the Malaysian government for the TP400 turboprop engines powering the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s A400M military transport aircraft, at the 2017 Langkawi International Maritime & aerospace Exhibition (LIMA).The agreement was signed by Christophe Bruneau, President of EPI, and Dato’ Sri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi, Secretary General at the Malaysian Ministry of Defense.

This contract follows a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed on March 21 by EPI and Global Turbine Asia (GTA), a Malaysian joint venture with Safran that provides maintenance,repair and overhaul (MRO) services for helicopter and airplane engines.

EPI and GTA provide support services for the TP400 engines’ fleet powering the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s four A400M airlifters. The first phase of the contract runs until the end of October 2017, leading to the second phase, when GTA will become the prime contractor for these support services.

Under the terms of the agreement, EPI and GTA will provide local support services. GTA’s Subang facility already deploys a Customer Support Representative (CSR), Field Support Representatives (FSR) and Logistics Support Representatives (LSR) to ensure that the Royal Malaysian Air Force continues to receive timely support for their engines.
“We are delighted to continue to build a successful partnership with GTA, which enables us to provide local support for the TP400 engine fleet,” said Christophe Bruneau, President of EPI. EPI will support GTA to obtain Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) certification from EPI, as well as certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA-Part145) and the Malaysian airworthiness authority DGTA.

 

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 Safran Aircraft Engines 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.

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Christophe Bruneau named Executive President of EPI Europrop International GmbH

As Ian CRAWFORD’s mandate as President of EPI Europrop International GmbH comes to an end, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Christophe BRUNEAU as President of EPI with full responsibility to manage the TP400 engine program with effect from 1st of September 2016.

Christophe arrives at a critical phase for the TP400 program as we ensure the Power Gear Box integration plan as well as the continued ramp up and in service support of the engine program. Christophe and Ian CRAWFORD will ensure a seamless transition during the interim period.

Christophe is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Aerospace Embedded Solutions GmbH, a joint venture between Safran Electronics & Defense and MTU Aero Engines located in Munich. Christophe has the appropriate skills to take on this responsibility as he has a fifteen years strong experience in various European aerospace companies, especially in EPI as he held the TP400 Executive Program Director position up to 2011 and played a decisive role in the recovery of the TP400 Fadec crisis.

In the name of the EPI Board, I would like to wish Christophe every success in his new role and warmly thank Ian Crawford for his strong contribution to the TP400 program and his management of EPI during a very challenging phase.

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.

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EPI welcomes the UK Royal Air Force as a new operator of the TP400

Europrop International (EPI) has welcomed the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) as the latest operator of the TP400 powered Airbus A400M transport aircraft. The A400M is powered by four of EPI’s TP400 engines each generating 11,000 shaft horsepower, making them the most powerful turboprops in the Western world.

EPI President Ian Crawford said: “We are delighted that the TP400 powered A400M has taken its place in the RAF fleet and we look forward to supporting this latest customer as its operations with the aircraft and engine expand. EPI and its partner companies are very proud of the engine and we look forward to delivering new levels of performance and capability to the RAF’s transport fleet.”

EPI and its partner company Rolls-Royce have worked closely with the UK customer and Airbus Defence & Space to establish initial in-service engine support at the A400M’s new base at RAF Brize Norton. This support includes technical support on-base, backed by full access to the EPI engineering office.

EPI recently completed its 100th production standard engine while, to date, 24 TP400 engines have logged over 4,000 flight hours on A400M transports in service with the French and Turkish air forces.

Notes to Editors
EPI Europrop International GmbH was created by four leading European aero-engine companies, ITP, 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.

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Europrop International celebrates 100th TP400-D6

The EPI Europrop International (EPI) engine consortium has completed the 100th TP400-D6 production-standard engine to power the Airbus A400M military airlifter. On Tuesday, November 11, MTU Aero Engines in Munich hosted a celebration to mark this special occasion. The 100th TP400-D6 will go to the German Air Force’s engine fleet, as part of the in-service support programme.

MTU performs the final assembly of all TP400-D6 production engines in its facilities at its Munich headquarters. The three other shareholders in EPI – ITP, Rolls-Royce and Snecma – ship their modules to the assembly line in Munich. Following final assembly, the engines are sent to MTU’s facility in Ludwigsfelde near Berlin to undergo testing.

Europrop International’s president, Ian Crawford, said: “The completion of the 100th production-standard engine marks another key milestone in the TP400-D6 programme and highlights how quickly the delivery phase is ramping up. We are already looking ahead to the 200th engine delivery which is due in January 2016.”

To date, 24 TP400-D6 engines have logged over 4,000 flight hours aboard A400M transports in service with the French and Turkish air forces. Deliveries of first aircraft to the UK and Germany are expected soon.

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 program for the A400M military transport. The propulsion system, a three-shaft configuration, delivers a maximum output of 11,000 shaft horsepower, which makes it the most powerful turboshaft engine in the West.

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Europrop International delivers engines for German Air Force’s first A400M airlifter

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.

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EPI welcomes the Turkish Air Force as a new operator of the TP400

Europrop International (EPI) has welcomed the Turkish Air Force as the second operator of the TP400 powered Airbus A400M transport aircraft. The A400M is powered by four of EPI’s TP400 engines each generating 11,000 shaft horsepower, making them the most powerful turboprops in the Western world.

EPI President Ian Crawford said: “We are pleased to welcome Turkey as an operator of the TP400 engine and I’m sure that the Turkish Air Force will now enjoy new levels of performance and capability as it begins operations with this powerful new force in military transport.

“With customer deliveries now ramping up this is an exciting new phase for the EPI team as we focus on supporting entry into service.”

The TP400 was designed specifically for the A400M airlifter, and features proven technologies developed by the four EPI partners on other commercial and military engines.

The engine achieved civil certification in May 2011 and has now amassed nearly 21,000 engine flight hours.

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.

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EPI congratulates Airbus Military on first A400M delivery

Europrop International (EPI) has congratulated Airbus Military on the official handover of the first production A400M transport aircraft to the French Air Force. The A400M is powered by four of EPI’s TP400 engines, the most powerful turboprops in the Western world.

Speaking on the occasion of the official delivery event, EPI President Ian Crawford said: “Everyone at EPI, our partner companies and our supply chain would like to offer our congratulations to Airbus Military on this hugely significant occasion. It is a challenge to build an entirely new engine that rewrites the manual for turboprops but we have worked closely with Airbus over the development phase to deliver a truly game-changing military transport capability in the shape of this magnificent aircraft.

“We now look forward to supporting the French Air Force and what I anticipate will be a large number of other military operators as this programme enters a new and exciting phase.”

EPI has worked closely with Airbus Military and the customer community to establish an in-service support programme which includes around-the-clock technical, logistics and on-base support, similar to that used in the civil aerospace market. An engine maintenance facility has also been established in Bordeaux.

The TP400 engine achieved civil certification in May 2011 and has now amassed over 19,000 engine flight hours.

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.

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Ian Crawford named President of EPI Europrop International GmbH

EPI Europrop International GmbH (EPI) has announced that Ian Crawford has been appointed President with full responsibility to manage the TP400 engine programme. Ian joins EPI from partner company Rolls-Royce and replaces Simon Henley who will return to Rolls-Royce to take up another position.
Ian previously held the position of Executive Vice President for Services in the Rolls-Royce civil engine business and prior to that he managed the company’s Trent engine programmes with Airbus between 2003 and 2011. Ian has also held a number of senior positions at Rolls-Royce sites in the UK, Germany, USA and France.
Commenting on his appointment, Ian said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead EPI as the TP400 engine moves from development into the production and in-service support phase of the programme. I believe that my experience of supporting entry into service of several Trent engines on Airbus aircraft will be valuable in my new role.”
Pierre Fabre, Chairman of EPI said: “Ian’s experience of working closely with Airbus and supporting in- service engine fleets will be a welcome addition to EPI as we ramp up production and the TP400 powers the new fleet of A400M military transport aircraft into service .”
The TP400 engine achieved civil certification in May 2011 and has amassed over 17,000 engine flight hours and over 27,000 engine running hours.

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Europrop delivers engines for first production A400M

EPI Europrop International (EPI) has started delivery of the first production series TP400-D6 engines which will power the French Air Force’s first A400M military transport aircraft into service in early 2013.

The engines were assembled in Munich from modules produced by the four EPI partner companies – ITP, MTU, Rolls-Royce and Snecma – prior to testing in Berlin and dispatch to the Airbus A400M final assembly line in Seville, Spain.

Commenting on the delivery Simon Henley, President of Europrop International, said: “The delivery of our first production TP400 marks a significant milestone in the engine programme. We’ll now see a rapid ramp up our production rates as we begin a new chapter of the EPI story.

“Meanwhile, the engine continues to perform well in the flight test programme. We have now accumulated over 10,000 flying hours as we build towards the entry into service of an aircraft and engine that will bring a significant improvement in operational capability to customers.”

The TP400 engine was certified by EASA in May 2011. Since the first engine run in 2005 the TP400 has completed over 20,000 running hours, both in flight and on the ground.

Notes for 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 Group) – to manage the TP400 engine programme.

Designed to power the Airbus Military A400M military transport, the TP400 will be the most powerful turboshaft engine to enter service in the West. It features a three-shaft configuration and will deliver a maximum power output of 11,000 shaft horsepower.

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