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Pratt & Whitney’s PW210 to power Eurocopter’s X4 helicopter

Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210 engine has been selected by Eurocopter to power the next-generation X4 helicopter.


April 26, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

LONGUEUIL, Que.: Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210 engine has been selected by Eurocopter to power the next-generation X4 helicopter.

The PW210-powered X4 will go into service by 2017, said Pratt & Whitney Canada, a Longueuil, Que.-based aerospace manufacturer and a United Technologies Corp. company.

Financial details were not provided.

Eurocopter, a division of EADS, isn’t revealing much about the X4, which will replace the AS365 and EC155 Dauphin medium twin helicopters, but the France-based company said it will deliver a significant increase in payload and performance, be more fuel efficient and it won’t have a conventional cockpit.

The PW210 engine, the latest in P&WC’s turboshaft product line,
features:

• A compact, light-weight architecture delivering “best in class” power-to-weight ratio and fuel burn for longer ranges and improved payloads.

• Proprietary alloys that provide greater durability and longer life.

• Dual-channel full-authority digital engine controls.

• State-of-the-art diagnostics capability, including automatic fractional cycle counting.

Pratt & Whitney said the X4 marks the third application for the PW210 family of engines, joining the PW210S certified in 2011 and the PW210A which is slated for certification in 2013.