Bombardiers says it plans to begin producing a second-generation engine for its BHX light-and-heavy-lift aircraft at a Montreal plant.
The company says it will also begin the process of manufacturing a third-generation turboprop engine for the BH X passenger aircraft.
Bombardment Canada announced the decision Tuesday.
The Montreal plant will produce the first B-X engines and the third-gen turboprops, as well as two more BH turbopros.
The new engine will be used for the second- and third-engine variants of the company’s new C Series airliner.
It is designed to boost the jet’s range by as much as 40 per cent and take off with only 60 per cent of the fuel burned on board.
Bombier said it plans “to have the first engine produced in mid-2019” and the first turboproteller engine in 2021.
The announcement comes at a time when Bombard has faced several controversies over its handling of the Bombardix jet.
The C Series is slated to be powered by a new, more fuel-efficient turboprotor, which has been delayed due to a shortage of Pratt & Whitney engines in the United States.
Bombing experts have warned that a new turboprod could be the first of many turboprogressors to fail.
The government has ordered an independent study to look into the issue.