Quite a compact little package, the Artouste (in its original “Artouste I” version) was originally designed to serve as an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) on larger aircraft – a role it ended up fulfilling only on the Vickers VC10. Realizing the sales potential of a light, low-power turboprop to power the next generation of light aircraft, Turbomeca squeezed more power out of it, added more sophisticated controls and renamed it the Artouste II…

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