French aerospace group Safran confirmed, while announcing its 2016 financial results, that it is expecting certification of the Snecma Silvercrest engine in Q1 2018. The powerplant, which was first announced at the NBAA in 2006, is designed to power larger cabin corporate aircraft and regional jet airliners. The Silvercrest is set to be used on the Dassault Falcon 5X, which is due to enter service in 2020, and the new large cabin Cessna Citation Hemisphere, which is set for service entry in 2019. The programme has suffered a number of delays. It was originally due for certification in 2010.