Hispano-Suiza onboard for first flight of A400M

On Friday, December 11, the first A400M prototype, fitted with its four TP400-D6 turboprop engines, made a successful first flight in the skies over Seville, Spain, lasting 3 hours and 45 minutes.

This first flight was also a success for Hispano-Suiza, which supplied the accessory gearbox (AGB) for the TP400-D6 engine developed by Europrop International. The AGB power transmission was designed to meet the exacting performance requirements of the engine and aircraft, in terms of high dispatch reliability, plus reduced weight and operating cost. To meet these challenges, Hispano-Suiza opted for a very compact design, coupled with technologies already proven on other systems.

The next major milestone will be the certification of the engine (and AGB) in 2010.

Hispano-Suiza is also responsible for the drivetrain on the electrical backup mechanical actuator (EBMA) in the A400M's landing system. The EBMA, developed and produced by fellow Safran group company Messier-Bugatti, controls the opening and closing of the landing gear doors in backup mode

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