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Microturbo's e-APU60 will be installed on the AW149

Agusta Westland, a Finmeccanica company, has selected the e-APU60 of Microturbo (Safran group), a new concept of auxiliary power unit specially designed to meet the requirements of new-generation aircraft which will need more electrical power, to be installed on the AW149, new-generation medium class multi-role helicopter.

The key features of the e-APU60 that have contributed to this selection are: best power-to-weight ratio, exceptional compactness, streamlined architecture and high pressure cycle based on innovative technologies, insuring high reliability, low operating cost and remarkable performance.

The e-APU60, capable of delivering electrical power up to 60 kWe, will ensure the electrical start-up of the engines (on-ground and in case of in-flight shutdown) and also cabin warm-up.

"Microturbo is particularly proud to be a part of this program" said Jean-Baptiste Jarin, Commerce and Customer Support Director. "Development of the e-APU60 is progressing as planned and the delivery of a first system for flight tests is scheduled this summer" added Pierre-Yves Morvan, Chief Executive Officer.

As for the AW149, this new APU EASA and FAA certification is on schedule. The e-APU60 will be certified for use in the essential category by the end of 2012, before the qualification of this new helicopter in 2013.

Press release issued by Safran Power Units on June 21, 2011

 

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Safran Power Units Auxiliary Power Units, Turbojet Engines, Air Start Systems, Engine (Jet) Airstart Systems
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AgustaWestland AW149

 

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