Launched in 2003, the new-generation Ardiden covers a power range of 1,400 - 2,000 shp and is intended for use in five-to-eight ton single and twin-engine helicopters. The engine is particularly well-suited to demanding mission profiles, delivering sustained performance in hot-and-high conditions.

The Ardiden range features a remarkably compact modular architecture. The gas generator includes two centrifugal stages attached to a reverse-flow combustion chamber, a single-stage gas generator turbine and a two-stage power turbine. This design ensures that the engine remains very cost-effective, particularly in terms of maintenance and cost of ownership.

All Ardidens are equipped with the latest-generation, dual-channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC). The Ardiden family is divided into two groups: the Ardiden 1, which offers 1,400 shp with growth potential to 1,700 shp, and the Ardiden 3 (in development), covering 1,700 to 2,000 shp.

Today, over 220 Ardiden 1 are in service throughout the world. They are installed in the Druhv, LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) and LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), all built by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.; Russian Helicopters' Ka-62; and the AC352 from China's AVIC Helicopter.

Ardiden 3C

The Ardiden 3C is fitted in the Chinese AC352, jointly developed by Avic Helicopter with Airbus Helicopters. The result of a 50/50 partnership between Safran Helicopter Engines and AVIC Engine, the Ardiden 3C was ground tested in France in November 2013. The engine will be certified by EASA under the designation Ardiden 3C, and by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) under the designation WZ16.

The 3C is characterized by excellent reliability, low-cost maintenance (TBO 3,000 hours on entry-into-service and 5,000 hours once mature) and extremely low fuel consumption (at least ten per cent less than other engines in the same power range).