Paris. 28 May 2024. Safran Helicopter Engines has received certification for its Aneto-1K from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). This crucial milestone paves the way for the Leonardo AW189K’s introduction into the Chinese civil market. This validation of type certificate (VTC) by China succeeds the earlier type certificate (TC) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2019.

“Having received certification across Europe and Brazil, the Aneto-1K has now obtained certification in China, a pivotal development in the worldwide rollout of the AW189K. Equipped with our cutting-edge engine, the AW189K is particularly well-suited for the most demanding helicopter transport missions, in the most difficult conditions.”, said Valentin Safir, Safran Helicopter Engines Executive Vice-President, Programs.

The 2,500-shp Aneto-1K is the first model in the Aneto engine family, covering a power range from 2,500 to 3,000 shp and designed for super-medium and heavy helicopters.

Aneto engines are 25% more powerful and more responsive than existing engines of the same size. This additional power margin contributes to increase helicopter capabilities during missions, such as offshore, transport, search and rescue and fire-fighting. This translates in particular into increased payload during flights in “hot and high” conditions.

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence,with 92 000 employees and sales of 23.2 billion euros in 2023, and holds, alone or in partnership, world orregional leadership positions in its core markets.

Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

Safran Helicopter Engines is the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopter engines, with more than 75,000 produced since being founded. It offers the widest range of helicopter turboshafts in the world and has more than 2,500 customers in 155 countries.