Turbomeca Artouste

Turbomeca Artouste IIIB
Type Turboshaft
National origin France
Manufacturer Turbomeca
First run 1947
Major applications Aérospatiale Alouette II
Aérospatiale Alouette III
Developed into Continental T51

The Turbomeca Artouste is an early French turboshaft engine, first run in 1947. Originally conceived as an auxiliary power unit (APU), it was soon adapted to aircraft propulsion, and found a niche as a powerplant for turboshaft-driven helicopters in the 1950s. Artoustes were licence-built by Bristol Siddeley (formerly Blackburn) in the UK, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in India, and developed by Continental CAE in the USA as the Continental T51. Power is typically in the 300 kW (400 hp) range.


Artouste I
Artouste II
Artouste IIB
Artouste IIC
373 kW (500 hp)[1]
Artouste IIC6
Artouste IIIB
410 kW (550 hp)[1]
Artouste IIID
Continental T51
Licence production and development of the Artouste in the United States
Turbomeca Marcadau
A turboprop variant, the Marcadau was a development of the Artouste II, producing 300 kW (402 hp) through a 2.3:1 reduction gearbox.



Engines on display

A Turbomeca Artouste is on public display at:

Specifications (Artouste IIC)

Turbomeca Artouste on an Alouette III

Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1962-63[1]

General characteristics



See also

Related development

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  1. 1 2 3 Taylor, John W.R. FRHistS. ARAeS (1962). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1962-63. London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Co Ltd.
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