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Dowty Propellers Awarded $160M Propeller System Contract

23 March 2003

Dowty Propellers has been awarded a contract by the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation and the Shaanxi Aircraft Industry (Group) Co., Ltd to provide a modern technology all-composite propeller system for the re-engined Y8F600 civil freighter aircraft.

This 4-engined aircraft is to be powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW150B turboprop engine. The contract is worth approximately $160m over the life of the program. More than 120 aircraft are expected to be delivered during the first 20 years following aircraft certification. Flight test hardware is to be delivered to Shaanxi Aircraft Industry in Spring 2004 with aircraft certification at the end of 2005 and Entry into Service in early 2006.

Dr. John Ferrie, Group Managing Director for Smiths Aerospace commented, ""We are delighted to provide the modern technology propeller system for the Y8F600 aircraft and we look forward to long partnerships with our customers.""

The 6-bladed, 13.5-ft diameter, modern technology, all-composite propeller system for the Y8F600 (rated at a max take-off power of 5,071-shaft horsepower) is identical to an existing Dowty propeller system already operating within China. Dowty Propellers was in the unique position of being able to offer a fully developed, mature propeller system, which has already been integrated onto the PW150 engine.

The image shows the similar Y8F400 aircraft.





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