GippsAERO has selected the Rolls-Royce M250 engine for its new GA-10.
GippsAERO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mahindra Aerospace, inked the agreement with Rolls-Royce today at AirVenture. Rolls-Royce will supply M250-B17F/2 turboprop engines for the GA-10, a new 10-passenger fixed-wing plane.
Rolls-Royce will work with GippsAERO to obtain certification for the GA10, which is currently in the prototype design phase, according to company officials. Certification is due to begin next March and entry into service is scheduled for 2013. GippsAERO predicts that sales could reach 20 aircraft per year, in India, Europe and Asia
The agreement also provides Rolls-Royce with the opportunity to examine the potential of using the RR500 turboprop engine, currently in development, for future applications.
The M250-B17, manufactured in Indianapolis, is featured on many other general aviation aircraft and military trainers, company officials said, noting it uses jet fuel.