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    2014.10.24 | | Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza (Safran) sign final agreement to create joint venture

    London, October 24, 2014 - Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) announced by Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza (Safran) on July 4, 2014, Norbert Arndt, Rolls-Royce Executive Vice President, Structures and Transmissions, and Hélène Moreau-Leroy, Chairman and CEO of Hispano-Suiza, have signed a final agreement to create a jointly-owned company that will design, develop, produce and support accessory drive train transmissions (ADT) for all of Rolls-Royce's future civil aircraft engines. The new company will capitalize on its parent companies' combined experience and expertise, encompassing the design and production of accessory drive transmissions by Hispano-Suiza, and engine design and propulsion system integration by Rolls-Royce. Based on an initial exclusive 25-year contract, the joint company will cover the entire range of civil aircraft, from business jets to widebody commercial jets. In particular, it will contribute to the Airbus A330neo, a new aircraft for which Rolls-Royce won the engine contract in July 2014 with its Trent 7000. The new joint venture company will be headquartered at Hispano-Suiza's site in Colombes, in the greater Paris area, and will also operate at Rolls-Royce's facilities in Derby (United Kingdom) and in Dahlewitz (Germany). A production plant will be built in a competitive country starting in 2015, with the aim of starting operations in late 2016 or early 2017. The joint venture company will initially total about 180 employees, including staff from its parent companies. "With each parent company contributing its world-class skills to this joint venture, we have taken a major step forward in performance," said Norbert Arndt, Rolls-Royce Executive Vice President, Structures and Transmissions. "Our aim is to meet the requirements of our customers, both aircraft-makers and airlines, by giving them outstanding, cost-competitive products." Hélène Moreau-Leroy, Chairman and CEO of Hispano-Suiza, added: "For both Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza, the creation of this joint venture marks a major step towards the consolidation of our historical relationship within a long-term partnership, and enables us to stake out a position on new aircraft programs. It will also provide exciting new opportunities for our employees." Subject to approval of this agreement by the regulatory authorities, the joint venture will start operation in early 2015. Rolls-Royce Holdings plc Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Land & Sea. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. Land & Sea comprises Marine, Nuclear & Energy and Power Systems (RRPS). On 6 May 2014 Rolls-Royce announced it had signed an agreement to sell its Energy gas turbine and compressor business to Siemens for a £785m cash consideration. On completion, expected before the end of December 2014, Rolls-Royce will receive a further £200 million for a 25 year licensing agreement. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and 1,600 energy and nuclear customers. Rolls-Royce employs over 55,000 people in 45 countries. Hispano-Suiza (Safran) is a globally-recognized specialist in power transmissions on civil, military and helicopter markets. Hispano-Suiza designs, develops, produces and supports power transmissions which deliver mechanical energy to engine accessories or aircraft systems. It is the world’s leading supplier of engine power transmissions, with a market share of nearly 60% of all mainline jets (over 100 seats) and an installed base covering more than 30,000 engines worldwide. Hispano-Suiza invests heavily in R&D to develop innovative power transmissions for tomorrow's engines, including the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB and the CFM International LEAP.
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    2014.10.21 | | Sagem introduces new-generation active side stick unit

    NBAA, Orlando, Florida (USA), Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - At this year's NBAA business aviation trade show and exhibition in Orlando, Florida (USA), Sagem (Safran) is introducing a prototype of its new active side stick unit (SSU) for civil airplanes and helicopters. Incorporating a number of proprietary Sagem innovations, this side stick controller features very high dispatch reliability, a robust design that stands up to all types of contingencies and an optimized architecture supporting the real-time adjustment of force feel laws. Thanks to its stick shaker / Stick pusher function and the fine synchronization between all side stick units, this system greatly facilitates pilot/co-pilot coordination and the management of stressful situations. Sagem's SSU has been tested over the last few months in close collaboration with airline pilots and test pilots from major airplane and helicopter manufacturers, confirming its perfect match with flight safety and crew training requirements. One of the world's leading producers of flight controls, Sagem contributes to some of the most innovative aircraft of the century, including the Airbus Helicopters NH90, Embraer KC-390, Dassault Aviation Falcon 5X and Comac ARJ21 Xiangfeng. Sagem's active side stick unit is being showcased at Safran's NBAA booth, with dynamic demonstrations in a flight simulator featuring a full glass cockpit. Sagem, a high-tech company of Safran, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through Safran, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,500 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.
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    2014.10.13 | | EASA gives green light to Arrius 2B2plus

    Bordes, October 13, 2014 - Turbomeca (Safran) announces EASA certification of the Arrius 2B2plus turboshaft engine. Specifically developed to power light single and twin helicopters, the 2B2plus powers the Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3. The first delivery to a customer from Airbus Helicopters is expected in the coming weeks. The 2B2plus is the latest member of the Arrius family, which recording 7 million flight hours and making it the most used engine family of its class on the market. In addition to its unmatched reliability, it offers a number of advantages over existing models : the engine delivers a 6% power increase in hot and high conditions compared to the previous 2B2 version, strongly contributing to the T3 ability to carry more than 200 kg extra payload at the same altitude. A 4,000 hours TBO (Time Between Overhaul) coupled with low fuel consumption makes the 2B2plus one of the most competitive engine in its class. Its flight profile increases the safety margin of particular missions, such as EMS missions, flown over congested areas, where a strong single-engine performance is required. The 2B2plus has a simple and modern design that is facilitating maintenance tasks. Customers also benefit from a computerized maintenance aid that makes use of the data recorded from the Engine Electronic Control Unit. All these benefits are granted at the same direct maintenance cost (DMC) to the previous 2B2 version. Furthermore, all current tools and parts are still good for the 2B2plus. No additional training is required. To date, 650 customers across 75 countries have chosen the Arrius for their operations and Turbomeca has sold more than 3,000 engines of this family. This proven reliability, combined with Turbomeca’s renowned service and support capabilities, make it the best engine for critical missions. Turbomeca (Safran) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced 70,000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Offering the widest range of engines in the world and dedicated to 2,500 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 30 proximity maintenance centers, 18 Repair & Overhaul Centers, and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.

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