HPE (High-Power Engines)
Safran Helicopter Engines is developing a new family of engines known as HPE (High-Power Engines, or MFP for Moteurs Forte Puissance). The turbines fall into the 2,500 - 3,000+ shp power range and will target the nine-to-fifteen ton civil and military helicopter.
Safran Helicopter Engines is now ready to meet helicopter OEM requirements; the engines could enter service before the decade is out.
The launch of the HPE family forms part of an industrial strategy, a key stage of which was the 2013 acquisition, from Rolls-Royce, of the entire RTM322 program. Taking ownership of this program has enabled Safran to strengthen its technological know-how of large helicopter engines; indeed, the RTM322 is the first member of the new group.
The next step in the development of the HPE family is the bench-testing of a technology demonstrator dubbed Tech 3000. This machine will help Safran Helicopter Engines validate new compressor and hot-section technologies, and investigate the use of new materials. Tech 3000 has started testing in the latter half of 2015.