MD Helicopters Announces Agreement With Rolls-Royce For M250-C47E/3 Engines

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C47E/3 to power MD-530-series models as well as growth airframes; Long-term supply agreement extended

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) and Rolls-Royce, the exclusive engine provider for the company’s best in class single-engine platforms, have reached an agreement to continue their partnership to provide M250 engines, including the new M250-C47E/3 variant, for MD530-series aircraft as well as growth airframes. This agreement extends a decades-long partnership between two iconic rotorcraft brands.

“We are honored to welcome the C47E/3 engine to our fleet, and to extend our long-term supply and service agreement with Rolls-Royce for the M250 engine variants that power our world-renown single-engine airframes,” said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer for MD Helicopters. “In the near term, the C47E/3 will deliver the increased power, improved hot-high performance, and reduced operating costs necessary to effectively support the expanding range of mission requirements of our MD 530F and 530G operators.” 

“We are excited to continue our long-term relationship with MD Helicopters, and to be selected as the exclusive powerplant for their expanding single-engine rotorcraft fleet,” said .Jason Propes, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President Helicopters and Light Turboprop Engines.

Performance Improvements

The new M250-C47E/3 improves efficiency and performance to support a broad range of mission requirements. Key among the enhancements and operator benefits are:

  • Dual-channel FADEC interface to simplify engine instrument integration
  • Up to 8 percent improvement in ‘hot and high’ power
  • Nearly 4 percent increase in rated take-off power to 675 shaft horsepower
  • Reduced Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC) enabling increased range and payload
  • Reduced direct operating costs
  • Lower MRO over time due to parts commonality and reduced FADEC support costs

“Rolls-Royce has been a loyal partner since I purchased MD Helicopters in 2005,” Tilton concludes. “Our shared commitment to product innovation, design, flawless execution and, most importantly, the operator is resolute. I am confident the C47E/3 engine is the best path forward for our single-engine growth.”   

Following receipt of FAA Type Certification, all MD530-series aircraft will be driven by the powerful and efficient M250-C47E/3 engine.

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