Rolls-Royce and PZL-Swidnik explore RR500 applications

Monday, 23 February 2009

Rolls-Royce and PZL-Swidnik Aircraft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to discuss future applications of the new RR500 engine family. The RR500 turboshaft was launched today at Heli Expo in Anaheim, California.

Rolls-Royce and PZL-Swidnik will work together to determine how the new RR500 engine family can be applied to the company‘s existing and future helicopter models. PZL-Swidnik currently produces the Model 250-powered SW-4 light, single-engine, multi-purpose helicopter.

Ken Roberts, President Helicopter Engines for Rolls-Royce, said: “We are pleased to be taking our relationship with PZL-Swidnik to a new level as they seek to expand their portfolio of products.

The RR500 turboshaft engine represents a major step forward in the helicopter industry and is ideally suited for customers who are seeking technologically advanced, powerful, cost-efficient and affordable engines. We look forward to extending our partnership with PZL-Swidnik through future RR500 opportunities..”

In addition to offering more power at take-off and in hot-and-high conditions than existing engines in this class, the RR500TS will deliver operational benefits to operators through extended engine overhaul intervals and lower total ownership costs.

The RR500 core is a scaled version of the RR300, which was launched in 2007 to power the Robinson R66. The RR300 was certified in late 2007 and is now in production. FAA type certification for the RR500 is expected in late 2011, with production engines to follow.

Rolls-Royce is the world-leading producer of light turbine engines in the helicopter market. Providing power from 300 shp to 7300 shp, the Group has one of the broadest ranges of turboshaft engine families available in the world. Rolls-Royce helicopter engines power over 150 civil and military helicopter applications in more than 120 nations.

  1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established strong positions in its four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. The Group has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people.
  3. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.
  4. In 2008, Rolls-Royce invested over £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.

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