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Piaggio, Safran partner on Ardiden 3 engine

Piaggio Aerospace and Safran Helicopter Engines have signed a Letter of Intent to produce the Ardiden 3 family of engines. The agreement covers the manufacture of critical parts for the variants of the Ardiden 3, both for turbopropulsor and helicopter applications.The Ardiden 3 is a new-generation core engine in the 1,700 to 2,000 shaft horsepower range. Its turbopropulsor version offers 15% lower fuel consumption compared to other turboprop engines on the market."We are proud to enlarge the collaboration with Piaggio Aerospace as a partner for our Ardiden 3 engine," said Florent Chauvancy, EVP OEM Sales at Safran. "We are committed to deliver a 100% European engine featuring high levels of design maturity and competitive operating and maintenance costs."Piaggio and Safran are also collaborating on the RTM322 and Aneto engine families for the production of hot section parts of the engine.
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