A400M Engine Decision
(Source: Airbus Military Company; issued May 6, 2003)
Following a full and thorough evaluation of the engine manufacturers' proposals, Airbus Military has today announced that the engine selected to power the A400M will be the TP400-D6, to be developed and manufactured by EPI (EuroProp International), a European consortium.

The chosen engine, offered in response to a second RFP (Request for Proposal) issued by Airbus Military in April 2002, is an entirely new design in the ten thousand horsepower category, based on proven technology and incorporating three-shaft civil aero engine architecture. The TP400-D6 fully meets the required specification.

Today's choice of the TP400-D6 is the result of an exhaustive evaluation of two separate engine proposals submitted by Pratt & Whitney Canada and EPI. EPI is a European joint venture company consisting of Rolls-Royce, Snecma Moteurs, MTU Aero Engines and Industria de Turbopropulsores (ITP), brought together to manage the programme.

"The satisfactory outcome of what has been a complex and demanding evaluation process shows that re-opening the engine competition was the right course of action," said Noel Forgeard, President and CEO of Airbus and Chairman of Airbus Military. "Only by insisting on the highest standards can we guarantee the best solution both technically and commercially."

He added: "I would like to thank both engine manufacturers for their hard work and publicly acknowledge in particular the professionalism and commitment of Pratt & Whitney, that contribute already through its engines to several Airbus civil aircraft programmes.

The TP400-D6 will be the most powerful turbo-prop engine ever produced in the western world and, combined with the aircraft's aerodynamic qualities, will make the A400M the world's fastest new-generation turbo-prop aircraft.

Commitments for 180 A400M military transport aircraft have been received from seven launch customer nations: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Contract ratification is expected within the next few weeks leading to first deliveries in 2009. (ends)



Europrop International Wins A400M Engine Competition
(Source: EPI via MTU Aero Engines; issued May 6, 2003)
MUNICH, Germany --- Europrop International (EPI) has been 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 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 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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