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