WZ16 is the Chinese designation of the Ardiden 3C engine, jointly developed (50/50) by Safran Helicopter Engines with AVIC Engine. The WZ16 is fitted in the Chinese AC352, jointly developed by Avic Helicopter with Airbus Helicopters.
It 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 WZ16 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).