The demands placed on military transport aircraft are very exacting: The airlifters need to be robust and reliable, highly versatile to satisfy multi-mission requirements, be designed for quick loading and unloading, and able to carry heavy payloads over long distances. Their engines play a major role in helping them fit the bill.
After having been a partner in the production of the Tyne engine powering the Transall for decades, MTU has been involved in the production of the Western World’s most powerful turboprop for a number of years now: the TP400-D6 for the A400M military transport. MTU has developed and is building the engine jointly with Safran Aircraft Engines, Rolls-Royce und ITP Aero. MTU is responsible for manufacturing and maintaining the TP400-D6’s intermediate-pressure compressor, intermediate-pressure turbine and intermediate-pressure shaft and has a stake in a number of accessories. Furthermore, final assembly of all TP400-D6 production engines and maintenance work for the German Armed Forces takes place at MTU Aero Engines in Munich, and acceptance testing takes place on the test stand at MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg.