The AE 2100 is a turboprop derivative of the T406 turboshaft engine. It has been developed to power the new generation of high-speed regional aircraft in the 50 to 70 seat category, military transports and long-range maritime patrol aircraft.
The engine is coupled to a new technology six-bladed Dowty propeller for use on the 50-seat Saab 2000 and the Lockheed C-130J Hercules military transport.
Lockheed Martin Alenia Tactical Transport Systems (LMATTS) is using the AE 2100D2 to power its new C-27J Spartan medium airlifter, which is an upgrade of the G.222 aircraft, and the ShinMaywa US-1A amphibious search and rescue aircraft using an AE 2100J.
The first AE 2100 prototype ran in 1988 and successful flight tests were undertaken in 1990 on a P-3 Orion test bed. The AE 2100A, AE 2100C and AE 2100D3 are all FAA certified.