Air Start Units
Let's get started! When turbines drive turbines!
Rheinmetall manufactures Air Start Units for commercial and military purposes.
The task to be performed is to start all main engines of today's and tomorrows generation of aircraft up to the most demanding B777-300ER and A380.
The MSU has proven its reliability since 1996.
New Technology for GSE
Development of an emission free GSE equipment for usage on airports world wide. Emission reduction without performance losses for GSE is momentarily a key issue for airlines and airports. Aim is to significantly reduce the emission footprint of airports to secure the future business under the influence of more and more strict environmental regulations.
MSU 200/400 – The Mobile Start Unit
The Air Start Units of the MSU family are powered by a simple cycle bleed type gas turbine of the latest state of the art design.
The units deliver compressed air for the main engine start and for the operation of the onboard environmental control system.
The MSU family features the benefits of compact design and multi fuel capability. High reliability and no scheduled maintenance result in very low cost of ownership. The successful operation of the units is proven in all climatic conditions on all five continents.
Safety features are incorporated in the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) which includes an integrated Built-In-Test-Equipment (BITE).
The MSU is powered by a simple cycle bleed type gas turbine of the latest state of the art design. The units deliver compressed air for starting the main engine (MES-mode) and for the operation of the onboard Environmental Control System (ECS-mode). The two modes are detected automatically.
The main advantages are:
- modular design
- no scheduled maintenance
- low cost of ownership
- small in size and low in weight
- high enhance reliability
- multi fuel capability
- operational capability in all climate conditions and altitudes without special preparation
Main technical data*
- Bleed Air Output 204 / 408 ppm (1.54 / 3.08 kg/s)
- Bleed pressure 56 psia (3,86 bar abs.)
- Fuels Diesel or Jet fuel
* at 15°C ambient temperature, sea level
Military Air Start Units
The mission is to start military aircraft engines.
Military users worldwide recognize the advantages of Rheinmetall's MSU. Limited space even on an aircraft carrier require a compact and modular design. The high reliable MSU is able to fulfill the needs of military users. The compact design allows air transportability.
Air Start Unit MSU-E 200T
The very compact MSU-E 200T is a multi-purpose unit combining an Air Start Unit( ASU) and a 90 kVA Ground Power Unit (GPU). Dual operation is possible.
Air Start Unit for Commercial Uses
For civilian needs, Rheinmetall manufactures air start units for aircraft engines featuring the benefits of compact design, high reliability and efficiency, and low operating costs.
Air Start Unit MSU 200 T (Trailer)
MSU 200 T (Trailer) is easy to operate and easy to maneuver by a single person. The air start unit is capable of starting the majority of common aircraft.
To learn more about our MSU 200T 2018 edition klick here.
Air Start Unit MSU 200 V (Van)
MSU 200 V is mounted on a Mercedes 311 CDI. Installation on other comparable chassis is possible to customer's requirements.
Air Start Unit MSU 400 V (Van)
Two modules form the MSU 400 which is available as a stand alone version or mounted on a Mercedes Benz 509 CDI or other comparable chassis according to the customer's requirements. The modules can be operated in parallel or separately. The MSU 400 V supplies sufficient air to all existing aircraft.