Ratier-Figeac is a leading supplier of propeller systems for turboprop aircraft worldwide. It first began to produce propellers in the 1900s.
Today, Collins Aerospace develops, certifies and manufactures high power composite propellers for a range of engines, from 2,000 to 11,000 hp, for leading manufacturers: US Navy, US Air Force, French and German army, ATR, Xian, Airbus Defense & Space, Bombardier. Ratier-Figeac’s propellers are used by more than 350 airlines.
Ratier-Figeac is the Collins Aerospace Center of Excellence, manufacturing the main components of propeller systems, notably blades and hubs. Developments are implemented in synergy with Collins Aerospace. An internal research team designs the system and carries out all of the qualification and certification tests. Ratier-Figeac manages developments for European programs.
Its technology has advanced over the years up to the present use of innovative composite blades, as well as electronic propeller controls. A new eight-blade propeller (NP2000) was recently commissioned. It equips the American Navy’s Hawkeye E-2C, as well as the C-130 aircraft. It is also worth noting that the propeller system equipping the A400M transport aircraft has a diameter of 5.3 m and a power of 10,700 hp.