Airbus Helicopters selects the Turbomeca ARRANO for X4

Airbus Helicopters launched the X4 initial design concept around two turboshaft engines options: Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210E and Turbomeca’s ARRANO.

Although Airbus Helicopters and Pratt & Whitney Canada have decided not to pursue a growth version of the PW210E engine for the X4 programme, Pratt & Whitney Canada will continue to provide support until completion of the initial phase.

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Airbus Helicopters values Pratt & Whitney Canada as a strong partner on the existing EC135 and EC175 platforms and is collaborating with P&WC on new opportunities including the PW210.

The X4 programme will therefore enter into the full-scale development with a new uprated Turbomeca ARRANO engine. The X4 is now known as the Airbus Helicopters H160.

The X4 will be presented to the public during a special ceremony at Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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