june 2011 • Special edition for Paris Air Show 2011

SSJ100 launches operations

Yak-130 more trainers for RusAF

PAK FA two prototypes flying already

MiG-29UPG deliveries soon

Be-200 production moves to Taganrog

Russian helicopter industry on the rise [p. 6, 8, 10, 14, 30, 31, 35]

june 2011
Andrey Fomin

Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Vladimir Shcherbakov

Yevgeny Yerokhin

Alexander Velovich Artyom Korenyako

Special correspondents
Alexey Mikheyev, Victor Drushlyakov, Andrey Zinchuk, Valery Ageyev, Natalya Pechorina, Marina Lystseva, Dmitry Pichugin, Sergey Krivchikov, Sergey Popsuyevich, Piotr Butowski, Alexander Mladenov, Miroslav Gyurosi

Dear reader, You are holding another issue of the Take-Off magazine, the special supplement to Russian monthly aerospace magazine Vzlet, timed to the air show in Le Bourget. The event is considered the most authoritative and prestigious display of the latest achievements of the world’s aerospace industry, with virtually all aircraft manufacturers being eager to participate in the show. By tradition, the Le Bourget air show has been held in high esteem by Russian aerospace companies. It is also regarded as an excellent place to bolster international aerospace cooperation. A graphic example of such cooperation is the Sukhoi SuperJet 100 advanced regional airliner programme pursued by a close-knot team of Russian, French, US and several other foreign companies. This year Sukhoi SuperJet 100 takes part in the Paris Air Show for the second time, but now in a new status – of a production airliner which already started its operation. In April 2011 the first production SSJ100 had entered service with Armavia airline while Aeroflot got its first aircraft of the type in early June. Another programme Russia cooperating heavily with its European and American partners is the Irkut MC-21 prospective short/medium-haul airliner which will be presented by a full-scale mock-up of a 20-m-long fuselage section housing pilots cockpit and passenger cabin for the first time at Le Bourget. Beriev Be-200 amphibian that was certified by EASA last autumn will become one more Russian participant of the flight display programme of this Paris Air Show. By the way Russian-made helicopters are still in great demand in the world market. Last year Russian helicopter industry produced 214 machines and the plan for this year stands for 260 with a future increase up to 300 in 2012. Now our country ranks third in helicopters production and its aim is to win not less than 15 per cent of the world market in the nearest years. Russian Helicopters holding company uniting most of the country’s rotorcraft developers and manufacturers recently has started some new programmes and is now intensifying helicopter production. That’s why Russia’s rotorcraft industry and its main programmes have become the important topics in this issue. As usual Take-Off offers you also a brief review of the other recent most important events in the Russian aerospace industry, commercial and military aviation. I wish all the participants and visitors of this air show in Le Bourget interesting meetings, useful contacts and lucrative contracts and, of course, the pleasure of unforgettable demonstration flights of aircraft from all over the world. Sincerely, Andrey Fomin, Editor-in-Chief, Take-Off magazine

Design and pre-press
Grigory Butrin

Yevgeny Ozhogin

Cover picture
Alexey Mikheyev


Director General
Andrey Fomin

Deputy Director General
Nadezhda Kashirina

Marketing Director
George Smirnov

Business Development Director
Mikhail Fomin

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INDUSTRY June 2011
Tu-204SM kicks off certification tests in Zhukovsky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mi-26T2 trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mi-34C1 snags first orders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tu-214-ON for Open Skies programme has flown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ka-62 to take to the air in two years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 6 6 8 8


Alexey Samusenko: “The Mi-38 may well be called a 21st century helicopter” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Mi-38: successor to legendary Mi-8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14


Amphibian changes its place of origin Be-200 series production in Taganrog kicks off. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

PAK FA: two prototypes in trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Advanced Yaks for RusAF Borisoglebsk Air Force Training Centre receives five Yak-130s . . . . . . . . . . 24
Su-34 completes official trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Air Force accepting new Su-27SMs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . First Su-35S has flown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mi-28N production on the rise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ka-52 being learnt in Torzhok . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 26 28 30 31

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More MiG-29K/KUBs delivered while Vikramaditya kicks off trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Myanmar receives new MiG-29 batch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . India got its third A-50EI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Two Il-76MF freighters ready for Jordan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kaveri tests on Russian flying testbed carry on. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rostvertol steps up Mi-35 exports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 32 33 34 34 35


Upgrade of Indian MiG-29s kicks off. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36



Russian An-148s launching operations to Europe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 An-158 gearing up for new orders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 MC-21 has got 190 orders and waiting for more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

First Sukhoi Superjet launches operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Rysachok: for flying schools and commuter airlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44


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Cause of incident: counterfeit parts In the wake of a Mi-26 crash in India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46


take-off. housing two more airliners at various degrees of completion. c/n 64191.” Thus. To cap it all. Director General Alexander Rubtsov himself has commented on the decision: “After the Ilyushin Finance Co. Volga-Dnepr. a key driving force behind the programme. with c/n 64151 to get up to snuff at the same time. special attention was paid to the upgrade of the airliner’s avionics. the Ilyushin Finance Co. On the same day. The guests also were shown the manufacturing of other Tu-204SMs in the final assembly shop of the Aviastar-SP close corporation. maintenance and spares have not been made yet. stock and barrel to a governmental entity. where the main segment of its certification tests began in May. which made possible the transition to a crew of two. the launch customer for the advanced airliner. Transaero. the first production-standard airliner (c/n 64153) could be made in July next year. Polyot. penalty provisions. The airliner’s presentation included a meeting of the leaders of Tupolev and its Ulyanovsk-based affiliate and representatives of Russian airlines that might be interested in Tu-204SM acquisition with the Red Wings. Alexander Lebedev. The manufacturer is prepared to make 10 and 11 production aircraft in 2014 and 2015 respectively. the aircraft flew to Zhukovsky in the Moscow Region. is withdrawing from the programme. The second aircraft (c/n 64151) could be rolled out to the in-house flight test facility come June and the third one (c/n 64152) in November. which VEB-Leasing is. a co-owner of the Red Wings airline. is slated for production in July 2016). Ilyushin Finance Co. Aviastar-TU. According to the diagram displayed. In spite of the governmental decision to support the programme. Prior to that. Continent and several other Russian carriers among them. had worked out the project and proposed the terms of its funding to the government and Vnesheconombank. A tentative schedule of the future full-rate Tu-204SM production by Aviastar-SP in 2012–2016 was presented at the forum. Yevgeny Yerokhin 4 take-off june 2011 Sergey Alexandrov www. However. which have resulted in the government’s position that the project is very complicated and difficult and has many factors calling for clarity and supervision. with 2012 to see four production-standard aircraft made and two prototypes to be groomed for delivery (first. All of the parties have decided that a risky project like that should better be entrusted lock.ru Tupolev JSC . 64152 and then 64150). Time will tell if it is able to disentangle the web of problems still facing the programme. During the meeting.industry | news Tu-204SM kicks off certification tests in Zhukovsky The upgraded Tupolev Tu-204SM airliner prototype powered by advanced PS-90A2 engines co-developed by the Aviadvigatel joint stock company and Pratt & Whitney and manufactured by the Perm Engine Company was unveiled to the public on 22 April during the International Air Transport Forum in Ulyanovsk. leasing company. the future of the Tu-204SM programme remains hazy. the first Tu-204SM had flown 33 test sorties under the preliminary test programme during December 2010 through April 2011. delivery dates. depreciation value. with the six final airliners to follow in 2016 (the final plane. the future of the programme of production and delivery of 44 Tu-204SM hinges on the government-owned VEB-Leasing company. Vnesheconombank has failed to craft a Tu-204SM leasing mechanism and decisions on the plane’s price. The Tu-204SM annual out- put is to total eight aircraft in 2013. a number of meetings have taken place.

industry | news www.ru take-off june 2011 5 .take-off.

since it features a number of advantages over the popular Eurocopter EC120. the Russian Helicopters holding company landed its first order for the advanced machine after the launch customer UTair had placed an order for ten Mi-34C1 helicopters for its training centre. New helicopter features the advanced M9FV piston engine. The troop carrier variant carries 82 troops. from which it differs in having an up-to-date digital avionics suite allowing effective roundthe-clock operation and a flying crew reduction down to two. NAVSTAR/GLONASS-capable satellite navigation systems and a digital flight suite. The Russian military is expected to order the upgraded Mi-26T2 in the future. Andrey Fomin Mi-34C1 snags first orders The key current light helicopter programme being pursued by the Russian Helicopters holding company is the resumed production of the heavily upgraded Mil Mi-34C1 by the Progress aircraft company in the town of Arsenyev. 6 take-off june 2011 www. provision has been made for use of upgraded D-136-2 (AI-136T) turboshaft engines featuring enhanced power under hot-and-high conditions. The machine is a derivative of the production Mi-26T. Both Mi-34C1 prototypes will be displayed during the MAKS 2011 air show in August. The machine can be used for civil and erection works of various degrees of complexity. One of them. Russian Helicopters Mi-34C1 programme manager Dmitry Rodin told Take-off that Mil Helicopter Plant now completing two Mi-34C1 prototypes. and other operations. Optional gear includes night-vision goggles (NVG). The Mi-34C1 is to complete its certification programme by year-end. On 19 May. This. visual control of the cargo can be exercised by means of the extra TSl-1600 searchlight installed in the fuselage nose section. the latter intent on promoting the Mi-34C1 on the European market. control panels. including self-contained refuelling of vehicles on the ground. The deliveries are slated to kick off in 2012. To keep an eye on the externally slung cargo in daytime. The first two Mi-34C1s are planned for delivery to the French company in 2013. fire-suppression operations and fuel delivery. during the HeliRussia 2011. an up-to-date avionics suite and a number of design and systems improvements aimed at enhancing the operating efficiency and reliability as well as extending the service life of the aircraft. and Indian pilots have tested a Mi-26T2 prototype in Rostov-on-Don recently.take-off. The Mi-26T2 upgrade is a contender in the tender issued by the Indian Defence Ministry for 15 heavylift helicopters. the OP-1. The signatories believe the helicopter can be needed in the West.ru Andrey Fomin Rostvertol PLC . is slated for the maiden flight in June to be followed by the other. At night. Following a long lull. In addition. The Mi-26T2’s advanced avionics suite is wrapped around the NPK-90-2 flight/navigation system comprising an electronic display system of five multifunction liquid- crystal displays (MFD). there is an integral TV device feeding full-colour imagery on to the multifunction display in the cockpit. the searchlight has the infrared mode for use of NVGs. coupled with a reasonable price. the show saw an agreement signed by the French company Aero Progress. one to be demonstrated as part of the flight programme and the other as a static display.industry | news Mi-26T2 trials Flight tests of the first upgraded Mil Mi-26T2 heavylift helicopter continue at Rostvertol JSC’s flight test facility in Rostov-on-Don. and experts rate the Mi-26T2’s chances for coming up on top in the Indian tender high enough. with its casevac version airlifting up to 60 casualties or sick personnel. it has resumed acquisition of a new Mi-26 batch recently. integral digital computer. including some of them in mountainous terrain. In addition. A Mi-26T performed a successful series of demonstration flights in India. The Russian Defence Ministry is eying the Mi-26T2 too. In addition to the standard mode. The potential customer has not spared praise for the aircraft. the OP-2. The Mi-26T2 helicopter hauls outsized cargo and vehicles weighing a total of 20 t both inside the cargo cabin and on the external sling. is going to help the Mi-34C1 to get a good niche on the market. The first new helicopter for the Russian Air Force was rolled out to Rostvertol’s airfield and kicked off its flight test programme in May this year.

UEC integrated more than 80% of assets of the Russian aviation engine-building industry. electric energy sector and gas pumping.take-off.ru take-off june 2011 7 . launch vehicles. United Engine Corporation is a part and a subsidiary of United Industrial Corporation Oboronprom.industry | news United Engine Corporation (UEC) is the leading Russian industrial group in production of engines for aviation. www.

three flying prototypes. A Vega news release reads that the plane’s delivery is slated for late 2011 and that another Tu-214-ON is being built by KAPO in support of the government’s commitments under the Treaty on Open Skies. The type of the engine to power the Ka-62 – the Turbomeca Ardiden 3G – has been selected finally. As a result. Two more flying prototypes are to be made in the same year. The Russian Federation ratified it on 26 May 2001. The crew under command of Tupolev’s test pilot Nikolay Kapelkin flew the aircraft (RA-64519) on its first mission that lasted 1 h 22 min. To perform more effective monitoring under the Treaty on Open Skies. Ka-62 to take to the air in two years powered by Ardidens In spite of the AW139 licence production programme being run by Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland in Tomilino. Ka-60 was improved repeatedly. the Ka-62’s reduction gearbox and powertrain will be from a different supplier too. Kamov’s Ka-62 programme manager Alexander Vagin has told Takeoff that the Progress aircraft company in the town of Arsenyev begins to make parts of Ka-62 prototypes this year. fitted with an airborne surveillance system from Vega. According to the Vega corporation. To date. The Progress plant will make the airframe and handle the final assembly of all Ka-62 helicopters. the Tu-214-ON is “the first plane among the planes of the 34 signatories to the treaty. The aircraft will have to pass international certification prior to starting its monitoring flights. synthetic aperture radar and a linear-scanning infrared sensor”. the Russian Defence Ministry cut the financing of the Ka-60 programme last summer. The second prototype was made in the Ka-60U trainer version in 2007. but its main weakness was its RD-600V engines and powertrain that never met the reliability requirement. Russia has used two types of aircraft for inspection missions – Tupolev Tu-154M-LK1 to fly over North America and Antonov An-30B for missions over Europe. The first Ardidens are to be delivered to the Ka-62’s developer late in 2012. with deliveries of production-standard Ka-62s to begin in 2016. The first Tu-214-ON is to undergo the development trials and monitoring equipment tests. Initially the Ka-62 was conceived as a civilian version of the Ka-60 military multirole helicopter. after which it will kick off its official test programme. which first prototype flew its maiden mission as far back as December 1998. Once the tests have been complete. further down the road. as many as 34 states have signed the treaty. The Treaty on Open Skies. Tupolev was tasked with developing a special version of the Tu-214 airliner. The Ka-62 prototype is to start its flight tests in the first half of 2013. was signed by OSCE member states in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. the Vega radio-electronics corporation. a static tests prototype and an ‘Iron Bird’ integrated full-scale test rig to test the avionics suite and aircraft systems are to be manufactured. Moscow Region. The military has made a decision that it will buy. which is aimed at strengthening trusts among its signatories by means of mechanism of monitoring military activities and compliance with the existing arms control treaties through flying over the territories of the signatories.ru Ildar Valeyev . the Kamov Ka-62 advanced medium multirole helicopter remains high on the holding company’s priority list of helicopters with a takeoff weight of 6–7 t. According to official statements by the developer of the system. The certification programme is supposed to be complete by mid-2015. Nevertheless. equipped with all means of observation allowed by the treaty – four photographic and three TV cameras. Development of the avionics suite has been vested in the Transas company. the special equipment carried by the aircraft includes various photographic cameras. during the HeliRussia 2011 show. The plane was developed by Tupolev team led by Chief Designer Igor Kabatov and made by KAPO on order of the prime contractor under the Open Skies programme. Andrey Fomin 8 take-off june 2011 www. Russian Helicopters and Turbomeca made a long-term contract for 308 Ardiden engines in April this year and the two companies signed a firm contract for the first batch of 40 engines on 19 May. it remains interested in buying helicopters in the class. In all.take-off. the militarised version of the commercial Ka-62 that is under development now to meet the most stringent commercial helicopter certification standards. Compared to the Ka-60.industry | news Tu-214-ON for Open Skies programme has flown 1 June saw the maiden flight of a new Tupolev Tu-214-ON specialpurpose aircraft at the Kazan Aircraft Production Association’s (KAPO) airfield. with the aircraft manufactured in support of the Open Skies programme. the aircraft will be delivered to the Russian Defence Ministry. while KumAPP JSC will continue to make the composite main rotor blades to equip the Ka-62.


What may be the Mi-38’s flight hour cost. On the whole. ALEXEY SAMUSENKO: “The Mi-38 may well be called a 21st-century helicopter” pass over to the certification trials next year. At the same time. and. and when will the market be able to receive the production-standard helicopters? The Mi-38 development programme is important not only to our company but also to Russia as a nation. a reduced extraneous noise level and can be flown by a crew of only two. The cost of the flight hour is generated mostly from the expenditure on the remuneration of flying and ground crews and the cost of fuel. a new resources policy is being implemented along with introduction of other up-to-date engineering and technological solutions. given the strengths of the advanced helicopter. Firstly. Several Mil machines including the advanced Mi-38. the Mi-38 has a low vibration level. We presume this will be able to influence the price of the production-standard helicopter and woo Russian operators – both civilians and uniformed ones. we have got positive responses from representatives of potential Mi-38 operators. internally and 7 t slung externally. in your opinion? How superior could the new helicopter be in these terms to the in-service Mi-8/17 machines so that it prompts keen interest of potential customers? The issue of the flight hour cost is not as simple as it may seem on the face of it. is a world leader in helicopter development and a most important asset of the holding. we are waiting for completion by Kazan Helicopters of the third prototype powered by Russian-built engines and fully outfitted with flight navigation gear. Strictly speaking. which is a key competitive edge under the current economic conditions. Also. They involve the second prototype. The public managed to see the second prototype.take-off. which priority is very high to the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. Under the Mi-38 programme. If all goes to plan. Unlike the Mi-8. This is one of the reasons that a decision was taken to display the Mi-38 during the HeliRussia 2011 show. I would like to emphasise that uniformed services have been rather keen on the Mi-38 owing to the need for machines of such dimensions. We plan the OP-2 will complete the factory flight tests programme in 2011 and kick off its certification tests. This is the ideology of the programme. Thirdly. Secondly. who have seen a real machine and learnt the advanced technical solutions implemented in the helicopter to make it easier for pilots and ground crews. The cost of maintaining the hardware itself has a very insignificant influence on the flight hour cost. Russian helicopter makers unveiled to the public and experts their helicopters in various classes ranging from the light to heavylift ones. Is the ‘twin-engine’ concept of the new helicopter still on the table and how could it influence the helicopter’s demand by Russian customers.industry | interview At the HeliRussia 2011 show in May this year. The Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant is running the factory tests of the Mi-38. carrying an up-to-date avionics suite from Russian Helicopters partner – Transas company in St. The thing is that the Mi-8’s main rotor blades have to be replaced every seven to eight years. while we are going to do it much more seldom as far as the Mi-38 At the HeliRussia 2011 show. uniformed services? The Mi-38 programme provides for two variants of the machine – one powered by engines from Pratt&Whitney Canada and the other by Russian-made TV7-117Vs developed by Klimov and being productionised by Chernyshev. the government has made up its mind about the funding of the programme. the Mi-38 will have two versions of the powerplant. Petersburg. What has been done under the programme. In addition. As to the second question. particularly. a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters holding company. were presented to the exhibitors and public. the OP-2. therefore. it carries 5 t of cargo. the OP-2. according to our calculations. the status of the programme is good for a whole number of reasons. The machine could become the standard for full-scale production further down the road. The Mi-38 is being developed with governmental support. Mi-38 deliveries to operators may result in a drastic change in the approaches to operation. The advanced helicopter is among the best in terms of lifting capacity. embodying virtually whole of the configuration of the future production-standard helicopter. the innovations introduced as part of the programme could heavily influence the cost of the flight hour of the new helicopter. the Russian Helicopters unveiled a programme. I can tell you that the Mi-38 should be on a par with the Mi-8 in terms of the flight hour cost. which will result in potential customers opting for the Mi-38.ru 10 take-off june 2011 . participating in the flight tests. we plan to complete the flight test programme during 2012–2013 and wrap up all the development segment of the programme and launch full-rate production of the advanced helicopter in 2014. www. rather than 3 t. – the Mi-38. Takeoff’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief Vladimir Scherbakov has seen Mil Designer General Alexey Samusenko and asked him to speak about the Mi-38 and other ongoing programmes as well. we plan to use the TV7-117V-powered OP-1 for the factory development flight tests and is concerned. The Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant.

which we are going to offer to potential buyers of our advanced helicopter.take-off. though no considerable modification of the airframe is planned. A priority of the upgrade is to retain the current market share in this niche and enhance the machine’s safety. including up-to-date avionics and materials. to the older machines. but will be subject to on-condition maintenance. successful market promotion of any helicopter is regarded by potential customers from the viewpoint of availability of training aids as well. this will enable the Mi-8 to fly faster and higher and will offer a novel approach to the service life of the rotor system. change can be made to the main rotor that we are going to borrow from the Mi-38. A Mi-38 helicopter simulator was displayed in Zhukovsky. responding to the controls and simulating the outside view. As a result. Moscow Region. but we believe it has not exhausted its upgradeability yet. the Mi-38. The task was given to the Transas company. In the near future. The Russian Helicopters holding company has cleared a heavy upgrade programme for helicopters of the type. If all goes to plan. The main and tail rotors are to feature an advanced aerodynamic configuration building on the latest scientific advances and TsAGI’s wealth of experience. By the way. the manufacturer of the flight navigation suite to fit the Mi-38. The advanced machine is planned to feature an extended service life. 18 May 2011 Alexey Mikheyev I believe the Mi-38 may well be called a 21st-century helicopter. Such sensitive design elements as main and tail rotor blades and parts of the fuselage are made of composites. The Mi-38 programme is one of the few.industry | interview Mi-38 second flying prototype arrives at HeliRussia 2011 airshow at Moscow's Crocus Expo.ru Mi-8MTV during highland trials What is the prospect of the Mi-8/17 helicopter family? The Mi-8/17 family has been upgraded repeatedly. we are running the so-called reversed modernisation by applying some of the solutions embodied in the leader. The model is to mount a main rotor with all-composite blades. we managed at the modeling stage to attain a speed of 280 km/h take-off june 2011 11 Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant . What about the simulator for the Mi-38? As is known. The tail rotor will be composite too. during the MAKS 2009 air show. today. with the resultant machine to be dubbed Mi-171A2. particularly simulators. under which the development of the helicopter ran parallel to the development of its simulator. composites make up over 30% of the materials used in the helicopter. As far as the Mi-8 is concerned. www. We assume that it is possible that the Mi-38 will have no service life limits. The Mi-38 simulator. Mil and Transas are looking into the feasibility of developing a specialised Mi-38 helicopter simulator centre. is expected to simulate the cockpit and agility of the helicopter. since we have succeeded in implementing cutting-edge design solutions. The holding management has approved the requirements specification for the upgrade of the Mi-171A1 version certificated in line with the up-to-date air worthiness standards and recognised internationally. This will ensure a very long service life.

This will enable us to attract potential customers.industry | interview Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Mi-28N during high-altitude tests in the Caucasus Mi-34C1 upgraded light helicopter with power and control margins remaining. with its mountainous terrain operating capabilities demonstrated. the Mi-28NE. Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Mi-26T2 upgraded heavy-lifter prototype 12 take-off june 2011 www. We are working proactively on a new. Add here a rather attractive price that is one of the objectives. the helicopter is to be re-engined and fitted with an advanced flight navigation suite. hopefully. but the export version has got no mast-mounted radar yet. The military version of the machine is to be equipped with an advanced defensive aids suite capable of duping heat-seeking missiles. The Mi-34C1 certification programme is to be completed by year end. The Russian Defence Ministry has showed the interest in the upgraded Mi-26. The upgrade is being done in the support of the Russian Defence Ministry and on its initiative. The result sought is supposed to increase the combat capabilities of the machine by far.take-off. The upgraded Mi-26T2 heavylifter has flown for the first time recently. It was shown to its customer last year. which could total 800 km in the baseline model. we will have to confirm the latest modifications within the framework of the current certificate. commercially attractive version. Potential customers. as part of the Russian Helicopters holding company. will be proven by tests. We also are looking into the feasibility of the helicopter upgrade to extend its range further. We studied the best world helicopters in this class. another feature will be an increase in range. The upgraded helicopter is going to carry a flight navigation suite similar to that of the Mi-38 in terms of the tasks handled. We expect the Mi-34C1 to meet the requirements of most stringent customers both in Russia and abroad. The configuration of the export variant. and its main rotor hub is to be improved. What stage is the Mi-28N programme at? The Mi-28N is being upgraded to refine its components. The certification tests are planned to begin this year. Rosoboronexport is taking proactive marketing measures to woo foreign customers. have shown interest in the Mi-34C1. This will allow the Progress plant in Arsenyev to launch full-scale production and early deliveries in 2012. Could you describe the status of the Mi-34 programme? This is one of the best programmes in the light helicopter segment of the Russian helicopter industry. How is the programme going? Under the Mi-26T2 upgrade programme. The helicopter also is a contender in the competition held by the Indian Defence Ministry.ru Rostvertol PLC . to be more precise. the Mi-34C1. including foreign ones. The updated version is supposed to have an extended range. hydraulic controls and the up-to-date M9FV engine in addition to a high degree of comfort for the pilot and passengers. is similar to that of the Mi-28N. We plan to unveil the upgraded Mi-34C1 at the MAKS 2011 air show in August – both on the ground and in the air. This has furnished us with a welldesigned machine with high design flight and operating characteristics that.

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began to grow obsolete and needed upgrade to meet the new requirements. to which the economic turmoil in this country in the later ‘80s and the ‘90s contributed. which had been in service for almost two decades. up-to-date flight/navigation suite. The first Mi-38 prototype (OP-1) took to the air in December 2003. implementation of the advanced solutions delayed the design process. receiving all exhibitors and guests of the forum. etc.industry | programme Kazan Helicopters Mi-38 Andrey FOMIN successor to legendary Mi-8 The advanced Mil Mi-38 multirole medium transport helicopter made its debut at the HeliRussia 2011 show at the Crocus Expo exhibition centre in Moscow. more advanced and efficient TV7-117. the second Mi-38 prototype (OP-2) had landed in front of Crocus Expo and sat by the entrance to the pavilion. which remains the most popular machine in the world. after the emergence of the Russian Helicopters holding company that has incorporated key assets of the Russian helicopter industry. the Soviet Armed Forces started taking delivery of upgraded Mi-8MT multirole helicopters powered by advanced TV3-117MT engines. which were essential upgrades of the production Mi-8. the development of the improved helicopter was to include replacement of the mixed-design rotor blades with fibreglass ones. X-shaped tail rotor. the government issued a resolution on 30 July 1981. Overall.5 t. However. a decision was taken to introduce a number of more advanced technical solutions to the design of the machine. since the trials of the first Mi-38 produced a number of outstanding results.ru Background At the turn of the 1980s. A principal requirement to the advanced helicopter was an increase in traffic profitability. the Mi-38 underwent numerous modifications aimed at enhancing its reliability. when the draft design was prepared. retractable landing gear. improvement of the fuselage aerodynamics and shifting of the fuel tanks to the bay under the cargo cabin floor. while civil aviation continued to put up with the ordinary Mi-8Ts fitted with less powerful TV2-117As. during the stormy 1990s. and a third machine is to join the tests this year. in which foreign colleagues – famous Eurocopter and Pratt&Whitney Canada – took part. Then. The Mi-38 programme dates back quite a while. upgraded prototype. In addition. in which it authorised development of the Mi-8M upgraded medium transport/passenger helicopter that has gradually evolved into today’s Mi-38. having gained weight and been given a better lifting capacity. the Mi-38 programme became one of the first Russian helicopter industry programme. The holding has set the Mi-38 as its promising project in class of medium transport/passenger helicopters with a lifting capacity of 5–7 t. at improving the technical and economic characteristics of the helicopter and honing its competitive edge on the global market. in the end. but the programme actually has been given a kick-start only recently. Later on.take-off. the aircraft. the new medium transport helicopter of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant has traversed a long path from the development of early projects. As a result. Naturally. while payload www.5 t to 13 t and the maximum weight from 14 t to 14. Kazan Helicopters manufactured the second. which design was offered by the Leningrad-based engine design bureau led by Sergey Izotov (now the Klimov company). Made by Kazan Helicopters last year. The design normal takeoff weight had grown from 12. Two Mi-38 prototypes are slated for demonstration during the MAKS 2011 air show in August this year. with the first of them to have been powered by Russian-made TV7-117V engines by then. Conceived as far back as three decades as a successor to the Mi-8. Compared to the initial Mi-38 design. to its current configuration. In its day. the Mi-8’s upgrade was based on replacing the TV2-117 engine with the 14 take-off june 2011 . The machine is to rival the best foreign helicopters in the class – the AgustaWestland EH101 (AW101) and Sikorsky S-92 – and there are grounds for optimism. The solutions included an elastomeric main rotor hub. Therefore. The improvements led to the emergence of a new helicopter dubbed Mi-38 in 1983. the draft design had undergone quite a change. efficiency and components/systems weight reduction and. the Mi-38’s configuration had matured by 1990s.

p. The helicopter’s development by an international team was supported by the Russian government that included it into the Russian Civil Aircraft Development Programme for Kazan Helicopters had accounted for 5 t. 22 December 2003… Together with foreign partners The Mi-38 transport/passenger helicopter was designed to carry passengers and cargo. Many of the Mi-38 programme participants found themselves in different former Soviet states or switched to different products. the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant was to design and test the advanced helicopter. with the Mi-38 out of all of Mil’s development programmes attracting its attention. It also promised to facilitate the Mi-38’s international certification. Mi-38 first flying prototype (OP-1) in its maiden flight. by 2 times in performance capacity and by 1. cargo handling. had stuck to the programme by 2003 when Kazan Helicopters completed the first Mi-38 prototype (OP-1).750 h. The problem was further exacerbated by the crisis of the late ‘90s and a number of federal laws that limited the amount of foreign capital in the Russian aircraft industry and. At the same time. search and rescue operations. hence. Only two companies.industry | programme on cooperation in December 1992 and set up their Euromil joint venture in 1994 including the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. having been stripped of incentives to keep on participating in the programme.7 times in fuel efficiency. Eurocopter followed suit. forest engineering. The two companies made a preliminary agreement www. medical evacuation and operation as a VIP wagon. Civil aviation leaders approved the draft design.p. From the outset. An increase in the powerplant’s emergency rating had boosted flight safety when flying with one engine down.ru Yevgeny Yerokhin … and at MAKS 2007 airshow. Kazan Helicopters. However. civil and erection works. offered an even more sophisticated next-generation engine TVa-3000 rated at 2. geologic exploration.800 h. a bit later. flight control system and cockpit and cabin interiors. Mil and Kazan Helicopters. Klimov plant and Eurocopter company.take-off.750 at the emergency rating) and. banned foreign partners from managing joint venture in that branch of economy. promotion on the global market and after-sales support. the funding of the programme by the government proved to be scarce. After Klimov’s withdrawal from the programme. the Mi-38 project was tailored for use of Canadian PW127TS turboshaft engines with a takeoff power of 2. and the Kazan Helicopters began to gear up for productionising the Mi-38. A two-engine set was provided to the Mi-38 developers by Pratt & Whitney Canada anticipating the future market success of the programme and subsequent lucrative orders.p. at the emergency rating). the Kazan Helicopters was tasked with making prototypes and production machines and with their after-sales support and the Klimov plant was responsible for the development of the TV7-117V helicopter engine rated at 2. Under the work sharing agreement between the partners. (3. Russian helicopter makers found new opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners. the Period through 2015. Eurocopter undertook the development of the flight/navigation suite.8 times in payload weight.500 h. (3. It is also important that the Mi-38 became essentially the first Russian helicopter. Then. However. A technical and economic analysis had proven that the Mi-38 would be far superior to the Mi-8 by 1. Major European helicopter maker Eurocopter took interest in cooperation with the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. the collapse of the Soviet Union disrupted the existing industrial links.500 h. This led to the Klimov plant’s pullout from the Euromil joint venture due to Klimov’s dire financial situation. August 2007 take-off june 2011 15 .p. its certification in line with the Russian and foreign air worthiness standards. whose designing provided from the outset. the aircraft was designed for operation under various weather and climatic conditions. ambulance services.

The first phase of the Mi-38 OP-1 (reg.350 kg. In autumn 2006. which acquisition is being looked into by the Russian Defence Ministry. a decision was taken to fit the Mi-38 the cutting-edge avionics suite from the Transas company in St. nonetheless.200 kg and to 5. though the switch to a different engine would delay the pace of the programme by two to three years.450 m with a takeoff weight of 15. Georgy Sinelschikov. the Mi-38 had climbed to 5. Mil reported that the Mi-38’s tests had produced results exceeding the specifications requirement. It was unveiled at the MAKS 2005 air show in Zhukovsky in August 2005 and demonstrated as part of the flight demonstration programme. an adjusted programme of further Mi-38 development work aimed at the soonest market entry of the advanced helicopter was devised. it will.200-kg normal takeoff weight.ru 16 take-off june 2011 . said at the presentation of the updated Mi-38 design in May 2009 that. with the takeoff weight being 11. Petersburg. have it cer- tificated and launch delivery of its knockdown kits to Russia for final assembly of production engines. following the preliminary factory trials at the airfield of Kazan Helicopters. during a flight under the factory test programme on 27 September 2006. the helicopter will have a maximal speed of 310 km/h and a cruising speed of 285 km/h.000 kg on the external sling). signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in developing and manufacturing the PW127TS engine to equip the Mi-38 helicopter. the more powerful Russianmade TV7-117V engine will increase the Mi-38’s maximum takeoff weight up to 16.g. The helicopter was partially disassembled for analysis of the state of the systems after four years of trials and improvements. For instance. From first flights to upgrade Late in October 2004.000 m. was complete in October 2007. during which 86 successful sorties were flown. design flight speed and altitude. Earlier. on the other.industry | programme Kazan Helicopters Mi-38 second flying prototype (OP-2) during its first hoverings. allow a hike in several characteristics of the helicopter and an increase in its applications. The Mi-38 again had to switch to the TV7-117V earmarked for the machine almost three decades ago from the outset. co-pilot Sergey Barkov and project engineer Igor Klevantsev climbed to a record-setting altitude of 8.100 kg on that mission. Given the 14. the first Mi-38 prototype was ferried to Mil’s flight test facility in the Moscow Region. the first Mi-38 conducted its maiden flight in Kazan on 22 December 2003. the Canadian company was to complete the development of a turboshaft variant of the PW127 turboprop engine for use on the Mi-38. Meanwhile. a Mil aircrew made up of pilot Vladimir Kutanin. Mi-38 programme Director and Mil deputy chief designer. RA-38011) development test programme.600 kg.900 m with a takeoff weight of 14. e. Pratt&Whitney Canada later decided to suspend its participation in the programme. In addition. in particular. For instance. UMPO and TsIAM. However.000 kg (7. the Mi-38 proved to be able to hover out of ground effect with its takeoff weight equalling 16. with its static ceiling to www. In so doing.300 kg at take-off. it managed to climb to an altitude much higher than 3. The tests also produced a maximum speed of 320 km/h. Under the agreement made. With the aircraft weighing 14. 3 November 2010 Powered by such a powerplant. on the one hand.600 kg) and the maximum cabin cargo weight up to 6. which assembly was to be handled under licence by UMPO. and Pratt&Whitney Canada. The static ceiling tests were a success too. Russian Helicopters company. As part of the HeliRussia 2008 show on 15 May 2008.take-off. the future medium troops carrier.170 m. flown by a Mil crew of Vladimir Kutanin and Alexander Klimov.200 kg (the PW127TS-powered first Mi-38 prototype had that of 15.

It is important that the key components of the IBKO-38 integrated avionics suite are commonised with the IBKV-17 suite designed for upgraded versions of the Mi-8 (Mi-17). Vladimir Kutanin’s crew performed a pattern flight in Kazan on 22 November on the helicopter with registration number RA-38012. It certification tests will kick off this year. No doubt. The first Mi-38 prototype (OP-1) is now being fitted with advanced Russian-made TV7-117V engines here. The second prototype is equipped with a pair of Canadian PW127TS turboshafts. including the heavily upgraded Mi-8M (Mi-17M. The Mil crew of test pilots Vladimir Kutanin and Salavat Sadriyev and flight test engineer Igor Klevantsev put the advanced machine into a hover for the first time on 30 October 2010. because demand for them will persist in the coming years. At the same time with the modification of the design owing to the replacement of the powerplant (the modifications will not be too substantial. May 2010 account for 3. director and manual control modes. by the plants in Kazan and Ulan-Ude will continue for years to come. Meanwhile. The suite’s open architecture allows the use of extra radio-technical and optronic equipment and introduction of new data display modes as well. The suite has the optional SVS collimator synthesised-vision head-up display. Mi-171A2) version.000 km without the emergency fuel reserve). digital terrain map and imagery generated by the 38A-813 weather radar. deliveries of production-standard Mi-38s may well begin in four years. there is a good chance for the cutting-edge medium transport from Mil to succeed the legendary Hip. The Mi-38 certification programme is planned for completion in 2014. up-to-date radar www. As far back as 2008. It is to fly soon.840 m and its service ceiling for 6. In all. production of various variants of the Mi-8MTV (AMT) and Mi-17 (Mi-171). In addition. The Mi-38 programme is a key element of the long-term strategy of Russian Helicopters. But anyway the market will demand new-generation medium transport helicopters. Finally. the TTA-12N terrain collision avoidance system. the suite includes the redundant TNC-1G air navigation computer system with an integral GLONASS/GPS receiver. With about a hundred Mi-17s (Mi-171s) exported annually. on which speed was gradually increased up to 260 km/h.1-inch TDS-12 multifunction displays that show all relevant flight and navigation data. with the second prototype powered by Canadian engines in the lead to be followed by the TV7-117V-powered first prototype and then the third one.400 m. a mapping server. Russian Helicopters was reported to have had tentative orders for 75 Mi-38s from several Russian air carriers. and the Mi-38 may well become the best offer of the Russian helicopter makers in the class starting from the middle of the decade. there were three sorties on that day. Transas launched the development and debugging of the advanced IBKO-38 integrated avionics suite. The OP-3’s airframe is at a high degree of completion. because Mil developed the TV7-117Vpowered Mi-38 versions – the cargo/passenger Mi-382 and Mi-383 troop carrier – a long time ago). Its endurance with a 30-min. as the first prototype (OP-1) was in its day. the second Mi-38 prototype had logged seven missions to test its hovering capabilities and fly slowly over the runway. especially after they have been upgraded. This has resulted in a better controllability and stability. The Mi-38 has a good prospect on the global market as well.take-off.industry | programme Alexey Mikheyev Mi-38 (OP-2) cockpit Mi-38 first prototype (OP-1) under upgrade and re-engining at Mil facilities in Panki. On 16 December. emergency fuel reserve will be 880 km (1. and the second IBKO-38 suite has been ordered from Transas. unlike the OP-1. take-off june 2011 Sergey Lysenko 17 . Kazan Helicopters has been assembling the third Mi-38 prototype (OP-3) and which is intended to be powered by TV7-117V engines too.ru and comms gear. if all goes to plan. The time the third Mi-38 prototype joins the trials hinges on the preparedness of Klimov to supply the second set of TV7-117Vs. Thus. after which the helicopter will be fit for full-scale production and subsequent deliveries. It has modular open architecture and comprises five new-generation 12. The IBKO-38 suite allows round-the-clock operation in various geographic and climatic conditions in the automatic. Productionising The IBKO-38 suite was first installed on the second Mi-38 prototype (OP-2) assembled by Kazan Helicopters in August 2010. At the same time. the status of the helicopter equipment. the OP-2 embodies a number of design improvements. This is expected in 2011. the Mi-38 OP-2 flew from Kazan to Tomilino in the Moscow Region where Mil’s flight test facility is. Overall. This ensures optimisation of the operation and MRO and enables aircrews to convert to a new type easily. a helicopter system and engine data gathering and monitoring system. redesigned main rotor blades and standard feel-spring mechanisms introduced to the helicopter control system. such as the modified hydraulic and fuel systems.

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Mi-8MTV helicopter powered by TV3-117VMA-SBM1V engines took off from the airfield of Konotop aircraft repair and overhaul plant. Power developed by the one-step free turbine is transmitted to the main helicopter reduction gear through an integrated intermediate reduction gear.650 hp at maximum takeoff power setting. It provides power of 11. Developing multipurpose unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is considered one of the most prospective trends in the development of military aviation. A wide range of helicopter engines manufactured and prospective ones makes it possible to implement virtually any project of developing a new helicopter or re-motorising the ones available.: +38 (061) 720-48-14 Fax: +38 (061) 720-50-05 E-mail: motor@motorsich. with the world’s record set up.300 hp at emergency power setting.250 hp at takeoff power setting and 9. Motorostroiteley av. the power specified is to be kept up to envi- Mi-24 ronment temperature of 50°С.vtf@motorsich. A leading version of MS-500V model line is going to be an engine of takeoff power of 630 hp designed according to requirements specification by Kazan Helicopters JSC for Ansat type helicopter. The helicopter climbed to the altitude of 8. and a one-step turbine. its advanced technical and design solutions are based on state-of-the-art achievements of science and technology.500 hp.motorsich. the world’s largest heavy-lift helicopter. To summarise. which means 2. as well as strategic UAVs powered by AI-22 type engines.ru commercial take-off june 2011 19 . Ukraine Tel. D-136 engine is the largest helicopter engine by Motor Sich JSC. Emergency power setting has been introduced to provide power of 12. Currently. Developed and introduced by Motor Sich JSC. Simple and effective design of MS-500V family engine is typical for engines of this class currently available. Motor Sich JSC 15. Zaporozhye 69068. The engine is intended for heavy cargo helicopters and utility helicopters of Mi-46 type.000 hp power class. D-136 engine is operated at Mi-26.com. the company is undertaking efforts to develop a new generation of MS-500V family engines of 600–1. A new engine has been designated AI-136T1. an annular reverse flow combustor.5-time increase in rate of climb.5-6 t. The core engine includes a one-step centrifugal compressor with high compression ratio. eo.п р о м ы iш nл dе uн sн tr оy с т | ь c |o m иp то an ги y tude of 5 km for 9 minutes only. As experts predict. The engine possesses an advanced electronic control and monitoring system with hydromechanical redundancy.com http://www. the market sector of this class helicopters is going to be one of the most promising one in the coming up years due to helicopter versatility. Motor Sich JSC manufactured engines make it possible to develop UAVs and missiles of various types and purposes: from small UAVs powered by MS-100 engine to unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) powered by versions of AI-25TL and AI-222 engine families. which are intended for utility helicopters whose take off weight is 3.com TV3-117VMA-SBM1V www. Close collaboration with designers and multiple partners allows the company to develop engines that assure the future of air transport.400 hp at takeoff power setting at environment temperature of 15°С and it has an unrivalled position in the world in terms of this parameter. Taking into consideration changes of the world helicopter market conditions.take-off. development efforts are undertaken by Ivchenko-Progress design bureau within AI-8000V engine project that is to be implemented along with Motor Sich JSC. it is pertinent to say that aeronautical propulsion industry of Ukrain can offer a wide range of engines that meet requirements of the international regulations. Currently. AI-136T Mi-26T The engine power is 8. AI-136T1 engine is intended to upgrade Mi-26 helicopters and to power new heavy-lift helicopters. On 19 May 2010.100 m for 13 seconds in the course of tests. Ivchenko-Progress design bureau is designing D-136 engine upgrade project. and it is to provide power of 11.

the Russian government decided to beef up the air arm of the Emergencies Ministry with more Be-200ChS amphibians. on 25 May 2011. An agreement on delivery of eight more Be-200ChS’s to the ministry was signed in a ceremony during the Gydroaviasalon show in Gelenjik in September 2010. The baseline model of Beriev Be-200 is designed to put out forest fires using water or flame extinguisher liquid. seventh Irkut-built Be-200ChS (c/n 302) was completed this spring: its maiden flight took place in the city of Irkutsk on 3 April. The governmental contract for six production Be-200ChS amphibians to be made and delivered to the Emergencies Ministry prior to 2014 was signed on 25 May 2011. new assembly jigs have been made and cutting-edge processing centres and other high-tech gear have been imported. The first Taganrog-built aircraft is to be complete in the second quarter of 2013. It has spawned the Be-200ChS derivative for the Russian Emergencies Ministry. Under the contract awarded by the Emergencies Ministry. The agreement provided at Phase I for Beriev to bring the two previously-ordered final aircraft under construction in Irkutsk up to snuff with the requirements specifications and deliver them and then launch deliveries of Be-200ChS of its own make. For the purpose of construction.take-off. part of the production tools has been moved from Irkutsk to Taganrog. Both aircraft are to enter service with the Emergency Ministry’s air branch until late November 2011 under the governmental contract signed last November. there is to be the Be-200ChS amphibian aircraft brought to Paris by its developer and manufacturer Beriev company. according to Director General – General Designer Victor Kobzev. and the aircraft was ferried to Taganrog the same month to be given the same improvements Aircraft 301 is being given prior to the delivery. the Irkutsk Aircraft Plant. Now. Construction of the remaining Be-200ChS’s will be handled by Beriev that has since April this year been a single company uniting the previously independent TAVIA production plant and Beriev company proper situated on the same premises. it is sitting in a Beriev assembly shop. Victor Kobzev said the plans provided for an increase in the Taganrog output up to six Be-200ChS aircraft a year with a possible subsequent increase up to 10–12 units per annum. The full-rate production and sales of the Be-200 amphibian is a priority for Beriev. Very recently. while the fifth aircraft made in 2007 was exported a year later to Azerbaijan where it has been in service with the Azeri Emergencies Ministry ever since. the launch customer for the amphibian. the Be-200ES-E was issued its long-awaited type certificate by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The first export Be-200ES-E is to be completed at the same time.ru 20 take-off june 2011 . with the aircraft to be built in Taganrog this time. The sixth production-standard Be-200ChS (c/n 301) made its maiden flight in Irkutsk in July last year and was ferried to Taganrog last August. the Russian Emergencies Ministry awarded Beriev a long-term order for six more Be-200ChS amphibians. receiving customerapproved improvements that were applied to the previously-acquired Emergencies Ministry amphibians as part of scheduled overhauls after they had kicked off their operations. Andrey FOMIN AMPHIBIAN CHANGES ITS PLACE OF ORIGIN Be-200 series production in Taganrog kicks off Among the displays at the current Le Bourget air show. According to the Beriev head. Beriev is to manufacture three Be-200ChS’s in 2013. Overall. In the wake of the forest fires raging all over Russia last summer. made and delivered four production amphibians from 2003 through 2006. In September 2010. The aircraft shall be fielded with air units of the Siberian and Far Eastern regional centres of the Emergencies Ministry. there may be demand for 30–35 aircraft of the type in Europe alone. www.industry | report Andrey Fomin Alexander MANYAKIN. even more so that new prospects are facing the programme now. a subsidiary of the Irkut corporation. which paved the way to the Western market for it. Three more aircraft are to be made in 2014 under the order the Emergencies Ministry placed recently. The final. Beriev launched manufacture of parts for its own production-standard Be-200ChS amphibians.

industry | report Andrey Fomin Wing centre section panel for the first Be-200 of Beriev company production in assembly rig with potential customers including France. India. Overall. to accomplish a variety of civilian and military missions in an effective manner. Last spring. the Be-300 and Be-200 differ only in the shape of the lower fuselage that has the conventional aeroplane shape. Spain and Greece. In addition. Also important is that the assembly jigs set up in Beriev’s shops to make the Be-200 amphibians are fit for manufacturing the non-amphibian Be-300 plane as well. Earlier this year. both aircraft have 75–85% commonality. The Be-210 passenger amphibian has been derived from the Be-200 and provision has been made for developing a cargo/ passenger and patrol derivatives. the aircraft covered upwards of 56. the Be-300 can operate from unpaved airfields to handle a wide range of missions in the regions lacking a developed airfield network. the Be-200 and its Be-300 land-based version could be of interest as a versatile platform for specialist aircraft for military and civilian roles.000 km within a total of 121 flying hours. Essentially. rather than that of a boat. This offers excellent opportunities for deriving a whole range of Be-200 versions. where the Be-200 is bidding in several tenders at once. High expectation also is pinned on the Asian market. Owing to the engines mounted on top of the wing (a solution borrowed from the Be-200). According to Victor Kobzev.ru take-off june 2011 21 . The common aerodynamic configuration and flight performance similar to that of land-based aircraft provided the Be-200 with a high degree of upgradeability. The Be-200ChS flew over 14 countries on three continents. the Be-200ChS has performed a series of demonstration flights in India and Israel. after which it toured several Latin American countries and the United States for the demonstration purpose.take-off. both amphibian and land-based. Andrey Fomin The last Irkut-production Be-200ChS c/n 302 arrived in Taganrog for outfitting before delivery to Russian Emercom due to take place before late November 2011 www. the Be-200ChS amphibian has proven its top-notch characteristics yet again during the FIDAE 2010 international air show in Chile. particular.

The 57-min. it was airlifted on 8 April last year by an An-124 transport to Zhukovsky along with the first flying prototype and has carried on with the ground tests at TWO PROTOTYPES IN TRIALS flight tests characteristic for any newly-developed aircraft. at the controls. built by the Sukhoi company under the PAK FA Future Tactical Fighter programme.military aviation | event Sukhoi PAK FA The second flying prototype of the T-50 fifth-generation fighter. An Antonov An-124 heavylifter hauled the T50-2 from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to the Moscow Region on 3 April. Sergey Bogdan had flown four missions from 3 to 5 March. The so-called ‘zero’ static test prototype (T50-0) has been undergoing endurance tests at a dedicated facility of Sukhoi in Moscow since summer 2009. Once brought to Zhukovsky and subjected to relevant assembly. has been undergoing the flight tests in Zhukovsky since 29 April 2010. the acceptance tests of the second PAK FA flying prototype were wrapped up in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in early March. The T50-KNS integrated full-scale testbed is used for ground trials of onboard systems. including the fuel and hydraulic systems. as many as four prototypes of the advanced aircraft are used under the PAK FA test programme. during which its stability. the T50-1 resumed flight tests after it had undergone a planned improvement programme that had begun last autumn. However. maiden flight was performed by Honoured Test Pilot Sergey Bogdan. Then. on 29 January 2010. it was moved to KnAAPO’s airfield where it performed its first taxiing and high-speed runs. powerplant. The T-50 started flying at supersonic speed owing to the prototype’s operating envelope expansion based on the results produced by the preliminary test phase. who had taken the first prototype to the skies just over a year ago.take-off. after which the aircraft was sent to be painted and prepared for the transfer to Sukhoi’s flight test and debugging facility in Zhukovsky. Sukhoi’s project pilot under the PAK FA programme. This done. Early in February this year. The first flying prototype. speed and altitude limits inherent in the phase of the initial 22 take-off june 2011 . According to Sukhoi. having logged six acceptance test sorties in Komsomolsk-on-Amur from 29 January to 26 March 2010. Overall. Meanwhile. T50-1. Roman Kondratyev and Yuri Vaschuk conducted their first flights on the T50-1 last September. took from the airfield of the Komsomolsk-onAmur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO) on 3 March 2011. its check flight took place on 10 February. By now. with the operation of the systems. of which two are flying prototypes. stability and controllability assessed. Project pilot Sergey Bogdan recently awarded with a title of the Hero of Russia has flown most of the sorties. The third flying prototype is sitting in KnAAPO’s assembly shop and components www. the second flying prototype joined the PAK FA flight test programme alongside the T50-1. The first flying prototype of the T-50 plane first broke the sonic barrier in the Moscow Region on a test flight on 9 March. the developer’s news release reads. “The plane performed well throughout the flight programme”. The way the aircraft behaved at supersonic speed was pronounced satisfactory. debugging and checkouts. Several Sukhoi test pilots fly the PAK FA prototypes now. Other pilots are gearing up for the test programme too. Roman Kondratyev has been taking an active part in the continued tests of the first PAK FA prototype in Zhukovsky. for instance. It had had about 40 flights under its belt by late autumn 2010. with Test Pilot Sergey Bogdan. which allows another expansion of the maximal authorised flight speed and altitude range. Sukhoi’s March news release reads: “36 flights have been performed on the first flying prototype in support of the flight test programme” and “the preliminary ground and flight test programme has been completed in full”. other Sukhoi test pilots have been prepared for the PAK FA’s trials due to the increasing scope of work under the programme.ru Sukhoi’s flight test and debugging facility in the Moscow Region. controllability and other characteristics were evaluated against the backdrop of the gradually dwindling g-load. etc. the flight was a success and in line with the mission scenario. control system. powerplant. In 2009. including several demonstration sorties when it was shown to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on 17 June 2010 and an Indian delegation on 31 August 2010.

as we planned”. Probably. Mikhail Pogosyan said during the Bangalore air show in February. Komsomolsk-on-Amur. he meant the fifth and sixth flying prototypes to be equipped with the complete avionics and weapons suites. Thus. T50-2 landing after its maiden flight. with the third of them earmarked for fitting the PAK FA prototype. The third PAK FA flying prototype is supposed to be equipped with a prototype active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that Tikhomirov-NIIP has been developing. Vladimir Putin set the task of having the early PAK FAs of the low-rate initial production (LRIP) batch delivered to the Russian Air Force centre in Lipetsk in 2013 for their operation evaluation and launching deliveries of production-standard fighters to RusAF combat units in 2015. which tests are not supposed to be carried out by the first and second prototypes. 3 March 2011 Sukhoi's test pilot Sergey Bogdan reports the results of the second T-50 prototype speed taxi tests. the draft governmental armament programme designed to cover throughout 2020 stipulated acquisition of “more than 50 fifth-generation fighters” from 2016.military aviation | event of the fourth one are being manufactured.take-off.ru take-off june 2011 23 Sukhoi . “We will use two more aircraft for the tests in 2012. the third and fourth aircraft will be furnished with a number of other avionics systems. At the same time. As is known. As the then Deputy Defence Minister and armed forces armament chief Vladimir Popovkin told the media during the PAK FA’s unveiling in Zhukovsky in June 2010. “we will have generated the core that will ensure a positive preliminary report”. Sukhoi Director General and UAC president. PAK FA flying prototype is slated for the public unveiling during the MAKS 2011 international air show in August this year. The developer has made and conducted numerous tests of three AESA radars. 2 March 2011 Andrey FOMIN Sukhoi www. said Mikhail Pogosyan.

which led to temporary grounding of all aircraft of the type operated by the Air Force. one of the Yak-130s (serial 93) crashed on takeoff in Lipetsk on a routine training sortie. The Yak-130 serialled 23 was the first of the four planes to touch down at the airfield in Borisoglebsk half an hour before noon on 6 April 2011. 21 and 22 followed it to the runway at an interval of 5 to 10 minutes. Unfortunately. the developer decided to use the lull in the flight operations of production planes to refine the aircraft control system. Although the immediate cause of the crash was not a design or manufacture defect. The Borisoglebsk Air Force Training Centre dates back almost 90 years. It was serialled 134 for the duration of the tests. To test the upgraded control system and improved display system.take-off. Mention should be made that the flights of the Irkutowned prototypes and production-standard Yak-130s were not grounded in the wake of the crash in Lipetsk. The establishment of the 2nd Red Air Fleet Flying School in Moscow was ordered in December 1922. Under the circumstance. and Chkalov State Flight Test Centre. during February through April 2010. the first four Sokol-built Yak-130s were delivered to the Air Force Combat and Conversion Training Centre in Lipetsk just over a year ago. 25. Serials 24. was used as well. with all of them carrying on with various test programmes.ru 24 take-off june 2011 . from the Sokol aircraft plant in the Nizhny Novgorod Region in early April. the customer’s representative office at Sokol. The new productionstandard Yak-130s were ferried from Nizhny Novgorod to Borisoglebsk by the crews made up of test pilots of the Sokol plant. the delivery of the whole batch of advanced combat trainers under the first governmental contract is slated for completion before mid-2011. which allowed full-fledged use of the reprogramming modes enabling the Yak-130 to simulate the specific features of controlling both light and heavy or highly manoeuvrable planes. Voronezh Region. the first production Yak-130 made by the Irkutsk Aircraft Plant of the Irkut Corp. the Sokol plant was unable to fulfil the government-awarded contract for delivery of the first 12-ship Yak-130 batch for the Air Force last year (Sokol Director General Alexander Karezin said in May last year that the contract was to be fulfilled in November 2010). rather pre-flight errors mostly. and the school was moved www. As is known. At present. an advanced software package for the integrated flight control system was introduced. Zhukovsky & Gagarin Air Force Command and Staff Academy). The Borisoglebsk training centre provides basic and advanced flying training to cadets of the Krasnodar Air Force Academy (now an affiliate of the Prof.military aviation | report ADVANCED Yaks FOR RusAF Borisoglebsk Air Force Training Centre receives five Yak-130s Five advanced Yakovlev Yak-130 combat trainers arrived at the Air Force Training Centre in the town of Borisoglebsk. and participated in the Victory Day parade over Red Square in Moscow on 9 May 2010. In particular. who then are posted to attack and tactical bomber units of the Russian Air Force.

on order of the Red Air Fleet’s chief of military educational institutions in early April 1923. testing and delivery of three production aircraft more not later than June. there is a training air regiment stationed in Borisoglebsk these days. Thus. It was converted into the Borisoglebsk Air Force Academy after WWII. Its cadets learnt to fly at training air regiments in Borisoglebsk and Michurinsk. it started training its cadets on the L-29 jet trainer. in February 1994. After the Borisoglebsk instructor-pilots have completed their conversion. Nizhny Novgorod Region Industry and Innovation Minister Vladimir Nefyodov told the RIA Novosti news agency late in March. In summer 1970. Tonkoye and Uprun. Su-24 and Su-25. Zhukovsky & Gagarin Air Force Command and Staff Academy. the Air Force aircrew training system has been changed as part of the reform of the Russian Armed Forces. the 2nd Tactical Aviation Department of the Armavir Military Aviation Institute. when it was reformed into the 1080th Air Force Training Centre named after Valery Chkalov and fielded with advanced fourth-generation MiG-29 fighters and. Flight training was given on the L-39 and Su-25 in the 160th Training Air Regiment that was activated as far back as 1971 as part of the Borisoglebsk Air Force Academy. providing flying training to future attack air- craft and bomber pilots – cadets of the 3rd department of the Krasnodar affiliate of the Prof. Lebyazhye.take-off. the department of the disbanded Armavir Military Aviation Institute was assigned to the Krasnodar Military Aviation Institute as the 3rd Tactical Bomber and Attack Aircraft Department.military aviation | report Yevgeny YEROKHIN Photos by author to its permanent station. The academy underwent another change on the verge of the 1990s. The 1080th Air Force Training Centre comprised as many as six air bases in Borisoglebsk. www. Under the governmental resolution dated 10 May 2001. The flying school was named after legendary Soviet pilot Valery Chkalov later on. A decision has been made to form the 786th Air Force Training Centre for aircrew conversion training (it absorbed the military posts in Borisoglebsk and Michurinsk) and reforming the 2nd department of the Armavir Military Aviation Institute. take-off june 2011 25 . The Sokol plant has promised to complete the construction. which trained personnel for tactical bombers and ground attack aircraft was established in Borisoglebsk. “The Nizhny Novgorod-based Sokol aircraft plant plans to deliver three Yak-130 combat trainers to the Russian Air Force and. Buturlinovka. In 2000. Su-25 attack aircraft. fulfil the contract for 12 aircraft of the type awarded by the Defence Ministry”. Its purpose was theoretical and practical conversion of air force academy graduates from the L-39 trainer to RusAF’s up-to-date tactical aircraft – MiG-29. cadets flight training on cutting-edge Yak-130s shall be launched here. thus.ru Lately. Bagai-Baranovka. Borisoglebsk.

RusAF expects delivery of six production-standard Su-34s more under the contract. The tests themselves were fulfilled successfully in January this year. Russian Air Force Commander-in-Chief Col. the cockpit management system was refined. with the missile hitting its target. Phase Two of the official trials. With three stopovers. honoured military pilot and sniper pilot. and Phase One of the official test programme.-Col. extended service life as well as upgraded avionics and weapons suites that are even more sophisticated than those fitting the upgraded Su-27SMs that have been supplied until recently. The aircraft are powered by advanced Salut AL-31F-M1 (AL-31F Series 42) turbofans with thrust enhanced up to 13. Probably. had taken place from late 2006 to January 2011. The flight programme designed to obtain a preliminary report on feasibility of full-rate production and operational evaluation had been completed by April 2003. the centre received four more production planes (serials 06 through 09) under the December 2008 five-year contract for 32 Su-34 bombers earmarked for fielding with the RusAF air base in Voronezh further down the line. the four new fighters covered upwards of 7. The Su-34 official tests involving a total of six prototype and preproduction aircraft and two production warplanes had been conducted since 1996. Yuri Spryadyshev. In this connection. To ensure the use of the missile at an extended range. The Russian government will issue a special resolution to authorise the plane’s service entry in line with the current practice. Meanwhile. with the cockpit goes ‘all-glass’. Their further itinerary included Novosibirsk and Perm to be completed in Krymsk successfully.000 km from the Russian Far East to the Krasnodar Region in the country’s south. 04 and 05 before December 2009. was over in September 2006. with the Centre having been given three productionstandard bombers serialled 02. The operational evaluation of the Su-34 kicked off in the Lipetsk- based State Aviation Personnel Training and Operational Evaluation Centre in 2007. emitter and radar updates datalink of the fighter’s radar had been upgraded. which delivery had been stipulated by the deal clinched by the Sukhoi company and the Russian Defence Ministry during the MAKS 2009 air show in August 2009. The Su-27SM3 kicked off its official test programme”. the Russian Air Force took delivery of the first four out of an order of 12 Sukhoi Su-27SM multirole single-seat fighters.ru Nikolay Anisimov Sergey Chaikovsky . which had taken delivery of a pair of two Su-30M2 twin-seat multirole fighters last year. the new Su-27SMs were made using the backlog of Su-27SK airframes that KnAAPO retained from the suspended licenceproduction contract with China. Chita.500 kgf. Air Force accepting new Su-27SMs In mid-February. This year. At the same time with improving the fire control radar and beefing the weapons suite with upgraded medium-range missiles. the InterfaxAVN news agency reported: “The near future will see the signing of the Phase two official tests report expected to pave the way for the Su-34 tactical bomber to the Russian Air Force’s inventory”.military aviation | news Su-34 completes official trials In mid-April. In all probability.take-off. The first four Su-27SM3s were ferried from KnAAPO’s factory airfield to the south of Russia by a group of pilots with the Lipetskbased Air Force State Aviation Personnel Training and Operational Evaluation Centre. Nikolay Anisimov 26 take-off june 2011 www. the four Su-27SMs delivered in February were made in this particular version. They may well enter inventory of the Air Force this year. the antenna. The group took off from Komsomolskon-Amur on 15 February and made their first stopover at Domna Air Force Base vic. where the Defence Ministry was giving a press tour to the Russian media. Alexander Zelin signed the report on completion of the official test programme by the Sukhoi Su-34 multirole tactical bomber. Late last year.-Gen. KnAAPO is gearing up for delivery of the remaining eight aircraft under the contract. Unlike the Su-27SMs delivered to RusAF in 2003 through 2009 and derived from in-service Su-27 fighters by KnAAPO by means of upgrade. who were led by Lt. Krasnodar Region. conducted under the refined specifications requirement. Tikhomirov-NIIP Director General Yuri Bely told Take-off in an interview: “Late September saw the first launch of a new medium-range air-to-air missile by a Su-27SM3 prototype. designed to test advanced weapons and tactics. Last autumn. The warplanes completed a long flight from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to the air base in Krymsk. the newly delivered aircraft are brand-new and just out of the assembly shop.


powerplant performance and basic characteristics of the avionics suite. At this stage. The results to be produced by their first stage’s results will yield a preliminary report on the fighter’s compliance with the customer’s basic requirements and feasibility of its full-rate production for subsequent fielding with combat units of the Russian Air Force. During the sortie. and the cutting-edge Tikhomirov-NIIP Irbis phased array radar featuring the unique aerial target acquisition range and enhanced multiple-target simultaneous tracking and engagement capability (it tracks 30 and engages eight aerial threats or four and two ground targets respectively).ru KnAAPO . Su-35-2 (No. controllability. The Su-35S-1’s acceptance tests at KnAAPO’s airfield. NPO Saturn 117S thrust vector control turbofan engines. The fighter is powered by advanced. wrapped around a digital information management system. on 2 October the same year. 902). the Su-35 preliminary trials have been complete. The programme will be pursued mostly at the Defence Ministry’s State Flight Test Centre in Akhtubinsk where the plane was ferried in late May. KnAAPO KnAAPO 28 take-off june 2011 www.take-off. The production and delivery are supposed to continue afterwards. Now the new fighter has been furnished for the official trials. The tests had involved two prototypes of the export version of the plane before the first aircraft for the Russian customer has joined them. According to a Sukhoi spokesperson.military aviation | news First Su-35S has flown 3 May saw the first productionstandard advanced Sukhoi Su-35S multirole fighter built under the contract awarded by the Russian Defence Ministry take off from KnAAPO’s airfield for its maiden flight. The contract for the development and delivery of 48 Su-35S fighters to RusAF by 2015 was signed in August 2009. which included seven test sorties. various operating modes of the integrated control system and powerplant of the aircraft and its stability and controllability were tested. after which the preparation of the aircraft for handover to the Defence Ministry for the official test programme began. which lasted an hour and a half. set by the requirements specification. The Su-35’s key features setting it aside from other aircraft of the Su-27 family are a drastically innovative avionics suite. He had taken the Su-35’s first flying prototype (No. 901) to the air on 19 February 2008 and the second prototype. testers have proven the stability. The Su-35 will pack a wide range of up-to-date and future weapons in all classes. Honoured Test Pilot Sergey Bogdan was at the controls. The engine. systems and avionics operated without fault. had been completed with success by midMay.


According to the Russian press. It is the 40th aircraft of the type manufactured by Rostvertol. Belarus and Kazakhstan) had been keen on the type. the first five Mi-28Ns were shipped there in October 2010. It remains yet unknown what it will differ from the current production-standard aircraft in.ru . the Mi-28NE is a contender of the tender for 22 combat helicopters. an effective defence aids suite (DAS) and latest weapons. Last autumn. the first RusAF air squadron stationed in Budyonnovsk converted to the Mi-28N (Rostvertol had made a total of 16 helicopters for it. there were media reports that talks in 2010 had resulted in the first export contract for 12 Mi-28NEs. Venezuela and several CIS countries (e. started taking deliveries.military aviation | news Mi-28N production on the rise Another production-standard Mil Mi-28N combat helicopter made on order from the Russian Defence Ministry completed its first flight from the airfield of Rostvertol JSC in Rostov-on-Don on 8 April 2011. Rostvertol Director General Boris Slyusar told the media in April that the company would productionise the upgraded version designated as Mi-28NM. this is only the first phase. the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. the helicopter took part in the demonstration and test flight programme in India and won approval of the potential customer. During 2010. it will mount a radar. and work on the Mi-28N’s upgrade is under way in line with the helicopter’s official test programme report. issued by the Indian Defence Ministry. Andrey Fomin Andrey Fomin 30 take-off june 2011 www. In February this year. more sophisticated electro-optical systems. Rostvertol. but probably. The helicopter’s developer.g. Since late 2009. but who is the buyer remains unknown for the time being. of which 10 were delivered in 2009) and a second RusAF unit stationed in Korenovsk. According to the Russian media. with three more having followed before year-end 2010. Boris Slyusar also said the company planned to launch Mi-28NE deliveries for export from 2012. Rostvertol is to deliver 67 Mi-28Ns in the near future Andrey Fomin under the contract awarded in 2005.take-off. It had been reported previously that Algeria. and the current contract is to be followed by others. are making efforts to refine the machine further. In addition. The Mi-28N entered service under the Presidential decree dated 15 October 2009. line units have been fielded with Mi-28Ns powered by advanced VK-2500-02 engines (the earlier-build machines are powered by TV3-117VMAs). the Mi-28UB combat trainer with twin controls is gearing up for construction. and manufacturer. However. since RusAF’s total Mi-28N helicopter requirement stands at 300 machines at the least. in particular. including the second prototype and seven preproduction Mi-28Ns built by Rostvertol during 2004 through 2007 and subjected to official trials. as was repeatedly stated by the service’s brass.

in azimuth and from -30 deg. includes an automated basic ‘ground school’ system. Kamov’s order for developing the simulator was landed last year. and the Russian Army Aviation will now receive a sophisticated training aid along with advanced combat helicopters. Their series production was launched by the Sazykin Progress plant in Arsenyev. control panels. It includes a gyro-stabilised electrooptical system. Fielding of production-standard Ka-52s with a RusAF’s Chernigovka air base in the Russian Far East started in May. The first four productionstandard aircraft were delivered to the Russian Army Aviation Combat and Conversion Training Centre (CCTC) in the town of Torzhok. to +90 deg. To facilitate and speed up the conversion of aircrews to the Ka-52. The KTE-52 allows training and conversion training of aircrews for the Ka-52 as far as all basic flight. 33). night vision goggles (NVG) and a radar that ensures the helicopter’s 24-hour all-weather combat capability. CCTC in Torzhok launched flight operations on the Ka-52s early in February this year. the complex. navigation and weapons use tasks are concerned. Overall. allowing the full cycle of air and ground crew training. which furnished the outsideworld image generator. and the acceptance ceremony took place on 28 December 2010. construction of 36 Ka-52 helicopters is stipulated by the contract awarded by the Russian Defence Ministry in 2009”. etc. modes and in an emergency.military aviation | news Ka-52 being learnt in Torzhok As was reported by Take-off in its February 2011 issue (p. consoles. To date. the company reported in a news release late in March. To simulate night vision modes and the use of NVGs. to +53 deg. “Ka-52 simulators will become a key component of the programme on training pilots to fly latest combat helicopters of the Russian Air Force that took delivery of its four first production-standard aircraft in 2010”. a piloting error and foul weather. Alexey Mikheyev Alexey Mikheyev Having assembled and prepared the machines after their delivery from the manufacturer plant and having trained flying and ground crews. a materiel failure. e. there is a software/ hardware complex comprising a computer and outside-world image generation software tailored to the peculiarities of the NVG imagery. It provides angles of view ranging from -90 deg.ru take-off june 2011 31 CSTS Dinamika Alexey Mikheyev . The simulator also includes an onboard acoustics simulation system. the Dinamika scientific and technical services centre in the Moscow Region has developed the KTE-52 full-mission crew simulator. The KTE-52 simulator was developed by Dinamika in cooperation with Kamov. The company has launched assembly a second Ka-52 full-mission simulator. The Progress-made simulator mock-up is a dead ringer for the real cockpit of the production helicopter in terms of internal dimensions and position of the controls.g. reads Dinamika’s news release. The simulator’s visual system a six-channel projector and partial dome display complex. and virtual reality (VR) goggles and a laser tracker as well. in elevation. with the output expected to be maintained in 2012–2013 as well.take-off. fielding of the advanced Kamov Ka-52 roundthe-clock multirole combat helicopters with the Russian Army Aviation kicked off in December last year. which provided it with the data package. In addition to the KTE-52 simulator. “Progress is slated to deliver 10 more production-standard Ka-52s in 2011. military pilots have flown new helicopters not only in daytime but also at night and under adverse weather conditions as well owing to the cutting-edge avionics suite equipping the Ka-52. It enables aircrews to hone their skills in routine operating www. and Konstanta Design LLC. The Ka-52’s real controls are used to simulate the control stations.

chairman. MiG-35). The Russian Defence Ministry also is looking into acquisition of a MiG-29K/KUB batch for operation off the Admiral Kuznetsov. MiG-29M/M2. the upgraded Vikramaditya is to be delivered in late 2012. In addition. six MiG-29SE (9-13SE. The contract for 20 MiG-29 fighters for Myanmar was landed in late 2009. Myanmar’s air force will beef up its fighter fleet considerably: Flight International has reported that it had comprised 12 MiG-29s and 24 obsolete F-7M (the Chinese upgrade of the clone of the MiG-21. The latter were delivered to Burma as far back as the 1980s and are said to have seen the termination of their active operation in anticipation of replacement with more advanced MiG fighters. To date.ru Alexey Mikheyev . it used its backlog of earlier versions of the MiG-29.contracts and deliveries | news More MiG-29K/KUBs delivered while Vikramaditya kicks off trials In March. Under the additional agreement signed last spring. several years ago has switched to production of a commonised family of advanced versions of the fighter (MiG-29K/KUB. the first batch of 16 MiG-29K/KUBs has been almost complete. the advanced MiG fighters may well complement the CAG of the Russian carrier. acquisition of a considerable number of MiG-35s is stipulated by Russia’s governmental armament acquisition programme for the period until 2020. a second-generation Soviet fighter). the early MiG-29M/M2 single. including Indian-made systems. According to the Burmese press. “There are plans for buying MiG-35 or Su-30 aircraft as well”. carries on with a major order from the Indian Navy for MiG-29K/KUB carrierborne fighters. The final objective of the mooring tests is to prepare the systems and equipment to the next phase. The situation is a bit more complicated as far as the prospect of the heavily upgraded MiG-35 fighter (the two-seat variant is designated as MiG-35D) is concerned. with the short list comprising the Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale. during a press conference in Minsk on 4 May. the factory sea trials. The MiG-29 is well known in Myanmar. This phase is slated for late 2011”. The Indian Defence Ministry is known to have published in late April the short list of contenders in the tender for acquisition and licence production of 126 MMRCA medium multirole fighters. and the carrier’s aviation component as well. At the same time with fulfilling the Burmese contract. State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus. by the beginning of this year. during which the aircraft carrier will put to sea. The deal on the delivery of the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier to the Indian Navy was clinched in January 2004. The next five aircraft were delivered in May 2011. it provides for delivery of 10 MiG-29B fighters (the baseline export variant also known as type 9-12B).take-off. has delivered the first batch of MiG-29 fighters to the Republic of Myanmar. said a Sevmash spokesperson. the first contract for 12 aircraft of the type (10 MiG-29B singleseaters and two MiG-29UB twinseaters) in 2001 and the delivery took place in 2002–2003 (see the photo). as they carry a more sophisticated avionics suite and a formidable array of guided weapons of all classes. The singleseaters were manufactured by the MiG Corp. and then Indian naval pilots will be able to start operating their MiG-29K/KUB fighters off the carrier. Considering that the production of the Admiral Kuznetsov’s Su-33 fighters had been discontinued a rather long time ago. and upgrade is underway of the first batch of the Indian Air Force’s 62 MiG-29 fighters under the MiG-29UPG programme stipulated by the 2008 contract. Nevertheless. It was accompanied by a deal on development and delivery of 16 MiG29K/KUB multirole carrierborne fighters to make up the carrier air group (CAG). The Russian media reported the readiness of the planes for shipping as far back as early March. “The most difficult and important tests will be those of the propulsion plant. a version with a slightly increased fuel load and improved avionics) and four MiG-29UB two-seat combat trainers to the tune of $550 million. Belarus has mentioned the feasibility of buying such planes recently too. The 29 options for such fighters were firmed up last spring.’s production facility in Moscow and the twinseaters by the Sokol plant in Nizhny Novgorod. the MiG Corp. said Sergey Gurulyov. Myanmar receives new MiG-29 batch The MiG Corp.and twinseaters are in construction under the 2007 contact with Syria. the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk launched the mooring trials of the Vikramaditya multirole aircraft carrier being developed through overhauling and upgrading the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft-carrying cruiser previously in service with the Russian Navy. Since the MiG Corp. Russia’s only aircraft carrier so far. M Radzi Desa 32 take-off june 2011 www. from which they are being bought to operate. Once the new deal has been fulfilled. The first batch of six production-standard MiG-29K/KUBs were headed for India in December 2009 and entered service with the Indian Navy in February last year. but the customer has requested the delivery of the remaining aircraft of the batch to be put on the back burner until some time closer to the delivery date of the Vikramaditya. The country awarded the MiG Corp. The second priority is to test the radio-electronic systems.

The first Russian-built flying protoype of the Il-76-TD-90A (c/n 01-02) is to be completed before the end of this year. etc. it makes sense to assume that it is such a platform that this country will use further down the road to make advanced AEW&C aircraft both for its own military and for export. Nonetheless. However. powered by Beriev-installed Aviadvigatel/ Perm Engine Company PS-90A-76 engines and equipped with Israeli radar system MSA Phalcon that was installed by its manufacturer ELTA. the Beriev A-50EI AEW&C system was developed under the Russo-Indo-Israeli contract signed in 2004 as a derivative of the Ilyushin Il-76TD airlifter made by TAPC (Uzbekistan). the Aviastar plant in Ulyanovsk launched the productionising of an upgraded Il-76 version (Project 476) in line with the Russian governmental directive dated 20 December 2006. Komardin said in February. As is known. a model of such a promising AEW&C aircraft based on the Project 476 airframe was unveiled to the participants in the forum and the public. Rosoboronexport Deputy Director General Victor Komardin mentioned this at the Bangalore air show this February. an AEW&C aircraft and other applications. In particular. fuselage nose section devoid of the navigator’s station characteristic of the transport versions of the Il-76.take-off. Obviously. With its delivery this spring. In addition. to avoid dependence on Uzbek suppliers. “We are waiting for the request”. based on the airframe of Il-76TD c/n 94-03 and serialled KW3552. serialled KW3553. However. As is known. but also as a platform for deriving a tanker plane. For instance. The final. in-flight refuelling system. flew to IAF’s air base in Agra. In March. at the late-April International Air Transport Forum in Ulyanovsk. The second unit. serialled KW3551. Yevgeny Yerokhin www. Mr. The first plane built under the contract on the basis of the airframe of Il-76TD c/n 94-02 first flew in Taganrog on 29 November 2007 and entered service with IAF two years ago. third aircraft derived from the airframe of Il-76TD c/n 94-04 performed its first flight in Taganrog on 9 June last year and was ferried to Israel on 8 October. He said the delivery of the third A-50EI “will be followed by another three”. other extra antennae and equipment cooling air intakes in various sections of the airframe. Aircraft like that are supposed to be made not only in the military airlifter and commercial freighter versions. PS-90A-76 engines and other design peculiarities of the future Aviastarbuilt Il-76s. the 2004 contract has been fulfilled. the parties are gearing up for making another contract for three more aircraft. the unveiled model has the purely presentational purpose to demonstrate the prospect of Programme 476. To manufacture next three A-50EIs.contracts and deliveries | news India got its third A-50EI The first trilateral contract on three Beriev A-50EI airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the Indian Defence Ministry was fulfilled with success this spring. The aircraft has all of the properties of the A-50 AEW&C plane and its subsequent versions and upgrades – the radar with the antenna in the disc-shaped radome on top of the fuselage. completed and fitted with PS-90A-76 engines by Beriev and then equipped with the radar system and tested in Israel as it was done under the first contract. a final configuration of the deal will hinge on TAPC’s preparedness and the Uzbek government’s decision to take part in fulfilling a new export contract. a datalink from Russian corporation Vega is mounted on the aircraft. conducted its maiden flight from Beriev’s airfield on 11 January 2009 and was delivered in March 2010. in May 2009. the third aircraft of the type. The aircraft featured an advanced wing design.ru take-off june 2011 33 Yochai Mossi . having been fitted with the radar system and subjected to relevant trials in Israel. there is a plan to use TAPC’s backlog of Il-76TD airlifters that will be refined.

The pace of the trials was hindered by problems experienced by the engine. Initially. It is due to take to the air late in the decade. the Russian flying testbed began to fly in earnest. In April this year. using Il-76. with its total flying time having accounted for about 20 h. test registration 76953) under the Jordanian order. which began at the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky on 3 November 2010. Alexey Mikheyev 34 take-off june 2011 www. its sister company Royal Falcon is a specialist in charter and. An-32 and Boeing 737-200F transports. Kaveri tests on Russian flying testbed carry on The tests of Indian turbofan engine Kaveri on Russian flying testbed Il-76LL (serial 76492). During a March press conference. in mid-April. were stepped up in April. said the tests were to resume after the customer had provided new examples of the Kaveri. Only four sorties had been flown by early March. the Gromov Flight Research Institute Director. Both aircraft are expected to be delivered this summer following the completion of acceptance trials and customer’s crews training. Finally. 767-200/300ER and A320 aircraft (four units in all). It hauls freight in the Middle East. it was planned for use on Indian Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. the first production Ilyushin Il-76MF transport built by Tashkent-based TAPC corp.take-off. According to Indian newspaper Frontier India. at the first stage of the tests. the Il-76LL carrying the Kaveri turbofan had logged 11 flights by May. Afirca and Asia. last year under the contract signed by Rosoboronexport and Jordan in August 2005 completed its tests at Ilyushin’s testing facility in Zhukovsky and was painted in the customer’s colours prior to delivery.ru Ivan Kirillov Alexey Mikheyev . According to Pavel Vlasov. the aircraft has Jordanian registration JY-JID and the logos of the Royal Falcon and JIAC (Jordanian International Air Cargo) carriers. but the production LCA is powered by US engine F404-GE-IN20. At the same time. The engine had been tested in various operating modes at an altitude of up to 12. scheduled passenger operations with the use of Boeing 737-400. India hopes for an indigenous engine to emerge as part of the powerplant of the Indian fifthgeneration fighter being developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency under the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) programme. The first Jordanian Il-76MF c/n 96-02 (test registration 76954) first flew in Tashkent on 30 September 2010 and went to Zhukovsky on 29 October for outfitting and acceptance tests prior to the delivery. has been developing the Kaveri turbofan since 1989. Honoured Test Pilot and Hero of Russia Pavel Vlasov. It made its maiden flight in Tashkent on 12 May and ferried to Zhukovsky for acceptance tests on 31 May. logging several sorties a week. The GTRE Gas Turbine Research Establishment. 43 missions are to be flown under the Russian-Indian contract signed on 2 August 2007 with Rosoboronexport’s assistance. JIAC was set up in Jordan in 2005.2 fighters yet again fitted with US engines F414-GE-INS6. the Indian Air Force is to begin to take delivery of upgraded Tejas Mk.7. Now. since 2009. In the mid-decade.contracts and deliveries | news Two Il-76MF freighters ready for Jordan In April. TAPC assembled the second aircraft (c/n 94-01. a laboratory of India’s Defence research and development Organisation (DRDO).000 m and a speed of Mach 0. Set up in 2007.

They were assembled by Rostvertol last year and airlifted to Jakarta by an An-124 Ruslan on 23 September 2010. The first three of them were delivered on December 2009 and three more followed last summer. probably. The newly acquired Mi-35Ps differ from Peru’s Mi-25s in packing the formidable fixed gun mount with the 30-mm GSh-30K twin-barrel automatic gun instead of the swivelling 12. Mi-35P deliveries to Indonesia resumed last year after a sevenyear lull (left photo above). the contract for two brand-new Mi-35Ps and six Mi-171Sh multipurpose medium troop carriers from UlanUde plant was signed in Lima on 22 July 2010. The Mi-35P is in production by Rostvertol concurrently with the modernised Mi-35M. Rosoboronexport Director General Anatoly Isaikin commented on the deal at the time. The major of them. is the contract for 24 Mi-35Ms awarded by Azerbaijan last autumn. “This helicopter contract was lightning-fast indeed”. “The contract was signed only a month and a half after the Peruvian side had made its request”.ru take-off june 2011 35 Andrey Fomin Mikhail Mizikayev Rostvertol . 10 helicopter of the type were delivered from 2006 to 2008. Thus. According to a Rosoboronexport spokesperson. According to Flight International. The Mi-35M and Mi-35P shall remain an important part of Rostvertol’s production programme for the near future. a contract was signed for 12 machines of the type for Brazil (photo below). The new helicopters are to be used on counternarcotics Mikhail Mizikayev operations and in support of the Peruvian military fighting the rebels of the Sendero Luminoso extremist organisation.contracts and deliveries | news Rostvertol steps up Mi-35 exports The Rostvertol joint stock company has shipped two new Mil Mi-35P attack helicopters to Peru this spring (right photo). The first two machines were shipped in September 2003. a third Latin American nation gets sophisticated Rostvertol helicopters.7-mm four-barrel machinegun and the sophisticated Shturm-V antitank guided missile (ATGM) system and the latest avionics as well. the orderbook for aircraft of the family is full until 2015. and the remaining four had been prepared for shipping by February this year. The Republic of Myanmar became another buyer of Rostvertol’s Mi-35Ps last year (right photo above). The Latin American country acquired 12 Mi-25 combat helicopters (the export variant of the Mi-24D) from the Soviet Union in 1982. A deal for such machines was part of the December 2009 package of contracts for advanced Russian aircraft designed for Myanmar. and 2007 saw Russia and Indonesia make an intergovernmental agreement on a major loan to Indonesia for acquisition of various types of combat gear. In October 2008. Seven machines more are said to have been bought from Nicaragua in 1992. The media report that the talks with potential customers from a dozen countries have resulted in contracts for 28 Mi-35Ms and 30 Mi-35Ps. Rostvertol shipped the first four Mi-35Ps to the customer in August last year.take-off. Rostvertol is poised to kick off the assembly of these machines in the near future. A contract for three Mi-35P attack helicopters was signed as part of the agreement. www. the Peruvian Air Force had operated 16 aircraft of the type by late last year. The deliveries under the contract are due for completion before year-end. According to Rostvertol Director General Boris Slyusar. Russian military aircraft appeared in Peru as far back as the 1970s. The first order for Mi-35Ms was awarded by Venezuela five years ago.

Similar experience has been gained from the fulfilling of the RussianIndian contracts for upgrade of the IAF’s MiG-21bis to MiG-21UPG Bison standard and for development and manufacture of the Su-30MKI and MiG-29K/KUB fighters. In addition. They are to be given more up-to-date avionics. with their weapons suite to be beefed up with advanced weapons. The MiG Corp. Moscow Region. airframe and powerplant improvements will extend the fighters’ service life by far. senior test pilot Mikhail Belyayev. flew the plane. has been implementing the MiG-29UPG programme under the contract signed on 7 March 2008 for integrated upgrade of the whole of the MIG-29 fleet of the Indian Air Force.take-off. the concept of upgrading the IAF MiG-29s corresponds to that of the MiG-29SMT that has been in service with MiG-29 G-29s s KICKS OFF the Russian Air Force since 2009 and mastered by Russian pilots. Overall. The first IAF MiG-29UPG serialled KBU3301 flew its maiden mission after the upgrade at the airfield of the LII Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky on 4 February 2010.contracts and deliveries | programme RSK MiG UPGRADE OF INDIAN Tests of the first upgraded MiG-29UPGs are under way in Zhukovsky. The upgraded MiG-29UPG’s fire control system is wrapped around the advanced www. At the same time. The aircraft remained airborne for about an hour and its flight was as planned. are subject to upgrade. In all. The fuel load will increase owing to a conformal spine fuel tank aft of the cockpit. At the same time. The experience has showed itself to good advantage.’s chief of flight operations. and the aircraft will switch to on-condition maintenance. with the upgrades designed and performed by the MiG Corp. including several MiG-29UB two-seat combat trainers. the fighters will get the mid-air refuelling capability. at the request by the Indian Defence Ministry. At the customer’s request. systems from various foreign manufacturers are integrated with the avionics suite of the upgraded MiG-29UPG (the so-called international avionics suite). Two more upgraded aircraft including one twin-seater joined it in May when all three aircraft were demonstrated to Indian Air Force delegation headed by IAF’s Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik at LII airfield in Zhukovsky on 23 May. there will be a high degree of avionics and weapons commonality with the MiG-29K/ KUB carrierborne fighters that entered service with the Indian Navy on 19 February 2010. The MiG Corp.ru 36 take-off june 2011 . 62 aircraft.

The remaining 56 aircraft will be upgraded in India at the production facilities of the IAF 11th Repair Base. In addition to the conformal fuel cell behind the cockpit and the mid-air refuelling boom on the portside. Mikhail Pogosyan. on 19 May 2011 Andrey FOMIN Phazotron-NIIR Zhuk-M2E slotted-array radar and OLS-UEM IRST with the laser. using knockdown kits supplied from Russia. KAB-500Kr TV-homing bombs. Overall. Kh-31A active radar homing antiship missile. where they arrived from India in 2008. the second batch of 26 aircraft was delivered in 1989 and the third one (10 units) in 1994. as the Kh-29T general-purpose TV-homing missile. they also include the RVV-AE medium-range active radar homing air-to-air missiles and such precisionguided air-to-surface weapons.contracts and deliveries | programme passive radar homing antiradation missile. Kh-31P Under the contract. The cockpit management system is based on colour multifunction liquid-crystal displays. including about 70 MiG-29 singleseaters (version B. The international segment of the avionics suite includes inertial/satellite navigation. etc. The basic weapons carried by the MIG-29UPG are the same as those carried by the MiG-29SMT and MiG-29K/KUB. India and some other countries. at least 11 IAF MiG29s. visual differences between the MiG-29UPG and the baseline MiG-29 include the underwww. 80 aircraft of the type had been delivered from the later 1980s to the mid-‘90s. According to Indian warbirds. take-off june 2011 37 Sergey Lysenko Sergey Lysenko . had been lost from 1994 to 2008 (at least four fatal accidents and seven incidents are known). According to Flight International. said at the Aero India 2011 air show that the first MiG-29UPG would be returned to the customer this year following the completion of the tests. The first MiG-29UB UPG upgraded twin-seater fulfilled its maiden flight at Sokol plant airfield. including a MiG-29UB. or MiG-29B) and 10 MiG-29UB twinseaters. Unlike the weapons suite of production MiG-29s. The delivery of the first batch of 44 fighters commenced in 1987. thermal-imager and TV capabilities from the NIIPP Precision Instrument Research Institute (now Precise Instrument System Scientific and Production Corporation. IAF had operated 69 fighters of the type by early 2011. Director General/ Designer General and UAC President. The same radar and IRST fit the MiG-29K/KUB. MiG Corp.ru The second MiG-29UPG single-seater first flew in Zhukovsky on 20 May 2011 wing chaff/flare dispensers from Bharat Dynamics and advanced antennae of the defence aids suite under wing and in the root of the right fin.in website.take-off. The MiG-29 has been in IAF’s inventory since 1987. communication and electronic warfare systems being produced and supplied by companies from France. the first six IAF MIG-29s (four singleseaters and two twinseaters) shall be upgraded and tested in Russia. Three IAF air squadrons operate the MiG-29 fighters – the 28th and 47th since December 1987 and the 223rd since November 1989. NPK SPP). Nizhny Novgorod.

take-off.ru Alexey Boyarin/Julia Lokteva Alexey Mikheyev . to the launch customer. Petersburg to Berlin. The second An-148-100B (RA-61702) arrived at Rossiya’s base airport in late December 2009 and launched its operations in January 2010. An-148 regional jets scheduled operation in Russia is being carried out for a year and a half. 61706) were delivered to Rossiya airline under Ilyushin Finance Co. commenced its scheduled services in late December 2009.commercial aviation | news Russian An-148s launching operations to Europe Antonov An-148-100B of the Rossiya airline performed its first international service on 16 March: RA-61705 regional jet brought passengers from St. Four more aircraft of the type (RA-61703. Russian An-148s had flown domestic services only. Sberbank-Leasing is the lessor under this contract for 10 planes. and now it has as many as six aircraft of the type. all Rossiya’s An-148 fleet could be beefed up with three more aircraft of the type by year-end. The delivery of the first An-148-100E to the Polyot airline is slated for June. The aircraft with RA-61701 registration hauled its first passengers from Pulkovo airport in St. for ground tests. Prior to that. 61704. Petersburg to Domodedovo airport in Moscow on 21 December 2009. lease contract in 2010. Meanwhile. later March saw Voronezh-based VASO plant completing the assembly of and rolling out. Alexey Filatov 38 take-off june 2011 www. the aircraft was given Polyot’s paintjob and RA-61709 registration. leased from the Ilyushin Finance Co. Rossiya began scheduled operations of its An-148s in December 2009. the first An-148-100E (c/n 41-40) built for the Polyot airline in Voronezh. Talks on turning the nine An-148 options into firm orders are under way. the Rossiya airline. and the carrier might take delivery of one or two more aircraft of the type before year-end. 61705. The first An-148-100B airliner built in the summer of 2009 by the VASO plant in Voronezh and leased by the Ilyushin Finance Co. Late in April. If all goes to plan.

commercial aviation | news An-158 gearing up for new orders The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) of the CIS has completed the certification of the modified Antonov An-158 regional airliner by having issued Supplement to Type Certificate ST264-An-148 that had been issued for the An-148-100 on 26 February 2007.500 km. Iran could become a major customer for the Ukrainian An-148 and An-158 regional jets. the company that has made the decisive contribution to the launch of the An-148’s production in Russia and that is the launch customer for the plane of VASO’s assembly. while the two-class configuration version seats 86 passengers on services out to 3. with a considerable part of the components to be supplied by Russia’s VASO Voronezh Aircraft Production Association. including 12 for Russia. emergency passenger disembarkation. IFC has declined to name the end user of the An-158s the company has ordered yet. which included the use of the Engineering Flight Test Bench. said that Russia had ordered 20 An-158s.74-m-stretched version of the An-148-100 in production by the aircraft plants in Voronezh and Kiev. etc.take-off. Ukrainian deputy Transport and Communication Minister Anatoly Kolesnik gave Antonov’s boss a similar certificate issued by the Ukrainian State Aviation Administration. it carries 99 passengers out to 2. only Ilyushin Finance Co.500 km). the company remains committed to pursuing its programme of acquisition of the An-148 and An-158 to lease them to Russian carriers and for export. with 60 may be licenceproduced by Iranian company HESA in Isfahan. six for Cuba and 64 for Iran. Antonov production plant in Kiev will handle the manufacturing of the An-158. Dmitry Kiva. has made firm orders for the An-158 so far. stability and controllability tests. However. a sizeable part of the certification efforts was made as part of ground tests. Actually.100 km (compare that to the An-148-100B that flies economyclass 75 passengers to a distance of 3. In addition to the flight test programme. Antonov’s head. five for Ukraine. and there were 87 options. The An-158 is a 1. In the single-class configuration. (IFC) became the An-158’s launch customer in July last year. having awarded Antonov 10 firm orders with 10 options. At the same time. Despite its plans to diversify its business (IFC plans to start leasing foreignmade aircraft).ru take-off june 2011 39 Antonov Sergey Popsuyevich . IAC Chairwoman Tatyana Anodina handed the document to Antonov President and Designer General Dmitry Kiva in a ceremony in Kiev on 28 February. The An-158 logged 79 test sorties with their total duration of 147 flying hours under the certification test programme that included high-alpha. The afore-said number may include 16 standard An-148-100s and 64 An-158 stretches. The An-158 prototype (UR-NTN) derived from An-148-100 c/n 01-02 first flew in Kiev on 28 April 2010. Category III landing and takeoff/landing performance tests. Andrey Fomin Sergey Popsuyevich Andrey Fomin www. Russian leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. external and internal noise measurements. A memorandum to that effect was signed with the Iranians as far back as 31 October 2008. Last autumn. It provides for delivery of up to 80 aircraft.

This allows either using wider and more comfortable seats or increasing the width of the aisle. and a customer. Malaysian investment company Crecom Burj Resources became the launch customer of the MC-21 at Farnborough airshow last summer and placed 50 firm orders (25 MC-21-200s and 25 MC-21-300s designed for 168 and 212 seats in the singleclass tourist layout respectively). Like the Dreamliner. which joined the MC-21 programme. they will join UAC’s division being established on the basis of Irkut. its certification tests will have been complete by 2016 and then deliveries of early production-standard airliners to the launch customer will kick off. The planes are to be delivered between 2016 and 2022. the MC-21 orderbook has grown up to 190 units. the wing and empennage will be made in full. Andrey Fomin Andrey Fomin 40 take-off june 2011 www. The government is doing its best to facilitate the programme.65 m wide. So. UAC President Alexey Fyodorov said. 35–37%. By now Irkut has already got 190 orders for MC-21 airliner. in better efficiency. the MC-21 will one-up its closest foreign rival. agree with him. The plants in Ulyanovsk and Voronezh are coming on board. is going to display a full-scale mock-up of a 20-m-long section of the fuselage of its prospective MC-21 new-generation short/medium-haul airliner at Le Bourget for the first time. of which. For instance. with the delivery slated for 2016–2020. An impressive mock-up includes pilots cockpit and passenger cabin. believing the MC-21 output may exceed 1. The most important component of the MC-21’s competitive edge concept is the comfort unprecedented for aircraft in the class. This is to be achieved through using cutting-edge equipment and systems from major foreign manufacturers and a number of ingenious design and layout solutions. The contract is valued at $3 billion in list prices. Leading Western companies. VEB-Leasing. Later on. There is little time left before the airliner’s maiden flight. these deals clinched at Farnborough 2010 generated a good orderbook for the MC-21 developer. is composites. Pursuing the MC-21 programme. Irkut plans that the first MC-21 will take to the skies in late 2014. Overall.commercial aviation | news MC-21 has got 190 orders and waiting for more Irkut Corp. Russia’s Ilyushin Finance Co. leasing company ordered 28 airliners with 22 options. the MC-21 will have larger passenger windows. an agreement on delivery of 50 airliners to the Russian Technologies state corporation that manages assets of a number of major Russian air carriers was signed.ru .take-off. since its direct operating costs are expected to be 12–15% less. Two letters of intent were signed by air carriers as well: Russian tourist charter carrier Nordwind ordered five MC-21s plus Andrey Fomin Irkut two options. in particular. ordered the same number of airliners. a large part of the airliner’s design. Irkut President Oleg Demchenko estimates that the MC-21 programme can win the company up to 10% of the global 150–200-seat narrow-body airliner market. high-tech branches of Russia’s economy”. who requested anonymity. If all goes to plan. which is 12 cm more than that of the A320 and 19 cm of the cabin of the Boeing 737. the Airbus A320. The MC-21’s cabin is 3. According to the developer. which will expedite boarding and disembarkation and enable passengers to pass clearly of service trolleys easily. we are developing a new-generation passenger plane and. made an agreement for 15 planes with 15 options. hence. “The MC-21 is UAC’s priority as far as civil aviation programmes are concerned. by 2011. totalling 140 aircraft. Another Russian aircraft lessor. in September.000 aircraft. fuel efficiency 25% higher and maintenance costs 30% lower.

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All flights take place in automatic mode at an altitude of 10. The lead production airliner (c/n 95007) was named after the Earth’s first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and given registration number EK95015. The first production airliner (c/n 95007) designed for the Armenian customer performed its maiden flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur on 4 November 2010. too. and scheduled Superjet services from Yerevan to Venice kicked off on 1 May. I am certain that the new Russian airliner will prove itself as part of the aircraft fleet of the Armavia airline and that our colleagues in Superjet International will provide comprehensive support to Armenia’s flag carrier at the SSJ100’s service entry stage and provide quality timely aftersales support”. April 2011 42 take-off june 2011 www. said UAC President and Sukhoi Director General Mikhail Pogosyan during the ceremony in Yerevan. Donetsk. A day after having been ferried to the operator’s airport.700–11. The first two production Superjets for Armavia and Aeroflot being preparing for delivery. Armavia pilots supported by Superjet International instructor-pilots Leonid Chikunov and Sergey Korostiyev. the Superjet’s pilot Aram Yegoyan said upon arrival to Venice.8”. Flights are conducted without significant delays. “The delivery of the first production plane is a landmark in the implementation of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 programme”. Aleppo (Syria). It is easy and comfortable to fly an aircraft”. the new airliner commenced regular services.ru .commercial aviation | event Sergey Lysenko Grigory ARONOV FIRST SUKHOI SUPERJET LAUNCHES OPERATIONS The first Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner was delivered in a ceremony at Yerevan’s Zvartnots airport to Armenian air carrier Armavia on 19 April 2011. Just a day after the delivery ceremony at Zvartnots. “The plane is excellent in terms of operation. Athens. The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company (SCAC) and Armavia airline signed the contract for Russian-built airliners SSJ100/95B on 14 September 2007. At the initial stage of operation. the SSJ100 went on its first passenger flight. “The SSJ100 has excellent flight-deck ergonomics and handling qualities. Tehran. having brought 90 passengers from Yerevan to Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow early in the morning on 21 April. “Today’s event marks a new phase of the programme – the beginning of the commercial operation and fullrate production. The aircraft has a single-class configuration for 98 seats. Russia’s Aeroflot is to start flying its Superjets this summer. Tel Aviv and Simferopol in only first 10 days in service.78–0.take-off.900 m and a speed of Mach 0. The aircraft had logged 24 flights from Yerevan to Moscow. and its technical acceptance demonstration took place here on 12 April this year following the completion of the tests and presales preparation.

According to the carrier’s head.000 passengers. which awarded the contract for those aircraft to SCAC in June 2009. In addition. In accordance with SCAC’s plans. a firm order of 24 SSJ100s is to be placed by the UTair carrier. a Bombardier CRJ-200 and a few Il-86s and Yak-42s (some of the latter two have been decommissioned of late). Established in 1996. December 2010 “The SSJ100 fights nicely Armavia’s strategic plans of developing its network of routes between the Middle East and Europe. In 2010. Prior to receiving its first Superjet.800 km carrying 2. The Aeroflotintended SSJ100s are to be performed by the VEB-Leasing company. SCAC also was preparing the lead Superjet for delivery to Aeroflot. SuperJet International www. During the first month of regular services with Armavia Sukhoi Superjet 100 has made a total of 66 flights for the overall distance of 85. In May. “the second SSJ100 shall join Armavia’s fleet in June”. The aircraft c/n 95008 flew for the first time on 31 January this year and had been given the colours of the customer and registration number RA-89001 late last year. Mikhail Bagdasarov.ru take-off june 2011 43 .commercial aviation | event SuperJet International The first SSJ100-95B for Aeroflot and next production Superjets in the SCAC's assembly hall. with Perm-based Aviaseasing. The second SSJ100 earmarked for Armavia (c/n 95009) is nearing its completion by SCAC in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Armavia is the leader of the Armenian air transport market. to act as a lessor. stressed Armavia President Mikhail Bagdasarov.take-off. and the yet-to-beclinched deal with Yakutiya was supposed to be fulfilled under a contract between SCAC and the Financial Leasing Company dated 17 August 2005. three A319s. it carried about 800. UTair Director General Andrey Martirosov has said recently. its aircraft fleet comprised three Airbus A320s.885 passengers. VTB-Leasing supports the fulfilling of the contract awarded by Armavia. using Zvartnots airport as a hub”. conducting over a hundred scheduled operations a week on 40 routes to 20 countries. Its delivery flight from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to Moscow's Sheremetyevo took place on 9 June. at least 10 out of the 30 Superjets ordered are to be delivered to Aeroflot this year with two aircraft are slated for Armavia.

According to the Kommersant daily. medevac. nine Diamond DA-42 light twin-diesel-engine glass-cockpit planes were bought in Austria in 2009 to provide basic training to cadets. However.000 m or various cargo up to 1. on 25 June 2007 UVAUGA and Technoavia signed a 740-million-ruble ($25 million) governmental R&D contract for “development and manufacture of a multiengine plane for final exams with a subsequent delivery of at least 30 aircraft to educational institutions of Russian civil aviation for training of commercial airlines pilots”. and two wing-mounted M-601F turboprops from Czech company Walter. The aircraft manufactured by Samara-based TsSKB-Progress State Scientific Production Space Rocket Centre was developed by the team led by Chief Designer Vyacheslav Kondratyev. the unchallenged leader of the Technoavia company known for its light multirole planes. Myasischev and Technoavia. the contenders for such an aircraft in the Ministry of Transport tender were Yakovlev. it can carry 10 passengers out to 2.ru 44 take-off june 2011 . Until recently. oil and gas pipelines. Therefore. Early in 2007. According to the official websites of the State Procurement Agency and Federal Treasury. flying club parachutist airdrop. with the latter’s proposal having been preferred. conduct search and rescue operations. with the deadline in December 2009. Access to the cockpit is also possible via the cargo/passenger cabin fitted with a wide portside sliding door in the fuselage tail section. high-power lines. six patients on stretchers accompanied by a medic or 15 parachutists jumping out of the sliding door.commercial aviation | project RYSACHOK FOR FLYING SCHOOLS AND COMMUTER AIRLINES On 3 June. It also can fly land and maritime border patrols. retractable tricycle landing gear with the nosegear. but it may be used for commuter passenger services.take-off. the Russian Ministry of Transport issued tenders for an advanced twin-engine trainer for civil aviation flying schools. which has cost the flying school an arm and a leg. Against this backdrop. provision has been made for multirole operation of the Rysachok. sophisticated high-lift devices. An attempt at making the Myasischev M-101T Gzhel single-engine turboprop manufactured by the Sokol plant in Nizhny Novgorod has failed for a number of reasons (seven aircraft of the type were delivered to UVAUGA and BLUGA in 2006–2007). patrol and other operations as well. The plane dubbed Rysachok was given by Kondratyev the cantilever all-metal low-wing monoplane with a high aspect ratio wing. cadets of Russia’s major civil aviation flying school in Ulyanovsk (UVAUGA) had to take their graduation exams on the Antonov An-26 and Yakovlev Yak-40. the Gromov LII Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky witnessed the arrival of a new light twin-engined turboprop airplane named Rysachok (Russian for ‘little trotter’). In addition to its trainer role for flying schools. Cadets of a flying school in Buguruslan (BLUGA) have to take their final exams on a rarity An-2 piston-engined biplane. monitor roads. The crew (the cadet and the instructor pilot or the pilot and co-pilot if the plane is used in the multirole manner) are seated in the cockpit with individual doors on both sides of the fuselage. The growing obsolescence of aircraft and the latter’s expiring service lives have resulted in UVAUGA retaining only two or three serviceable aircraft like that.570 kg. development of a domestic turbine-powered twin-engine trainer remains on the agenda. classic empennage. Thus. the Diamonds still will be unable to meet fully all of the requirements in a multiengine graduation exam plane for future commercial pilots. including airlanding and airdropping of Emergencies Ministry rescue teams to www. The aircraft that made its maiden flight on 3 December 2010 in Samara is under development on order from the Russian Ministry of Transport for civil aviation flying schools.000 km at a speed of 400 km/h and at an altitude of 6.

The plant had built over 42. In March. and the Rysachok. including three colour multifunction displays and a number of electromechanical instruments and indicators. TsSKB-Progress. The productionising we have completed will enable us to make six planes a year. 3 December 2010 Andrey FOMIN austere airstrips pinpointed from the air. the aircraft had been prepared for its maiden flight by winter. the air arm of the Emergencies Ministry has been keen on the Rysachok. may well be followed by new orders by regional airlines. On 3 December 2010. Even taking off with the maximum takeoff weight. a 500-m-long unpaved airstrip is enough for take-off. the company’s facilities allow production six planes a month to provide such planes for all airports that sit idle now”. After a number of ground tests of the powerplant and systems and test taxiing and runs.000 kg. is using the Rysachok to regain its aircraft-making competences. pilot Vladimir Makogonov and co-pilot Mikhail Molchanyuk took the Rysachok to the air.000 planes from 1909 to 1960. The GE Aviation and Technoavia agreement also provides for cooperation in certificating the US engine in Russia and providing its after-sales support. In late January 2011. and perform aerial photography. agriculture and airlifting of ill persons”. It has been making all versions of the Soyuz launch vehicle and developing advanced rockets and spacecraft. The Rysachok is an up-to-date twin-engined aircraft. the new aircraft landed safely 15 minutes later. It was followed last autumn by the first flying example (c/n 00-01). “A plane in the An-2 class is needed by the country”. However.commercial aviation | project TsSKB-Progress Rysachok’s cockpit Rysachok first flying prototype in its maiden flight. is facing good prospects in this respect. the company has been a specialist in development and production rocket-and-space hardware. opined Ravil Akhmetov. TsSKB-Progress. which cannot objectively be very big. The Rysachok’s maximum takeoff weight equals 5. we will launch line assembly. For instance. Thus. Mr. with its good power-to-weight ratio (the two M-601F turboprops produce 750 hp each) ensuring excellent take-off and amending performance. The aircraft can operate from airfields sitting up to 2. Construction of five pre-production Rysachok planes began during 2008–2010 under the contract signed. Unlike the previous aircraft designed by Vyacheslav Kondratyev. The H80 is an upgraded version of the Czech-made M601. with power increased up to 800 hp and reduced fuel consumption. In the long run. Kirilin said. environmental monitoring and other missions. when it switched to developing and www.000 m. take-off june 2011 45 TsSKB-Progress TsSKB-Progress . Over the past five decades. It is relevant for pilot training. first deputy Director General. flying clubs and uniformed services. a rocket-andspace developer and manufacturer. The static tests plane (c/n 00-02) was built first. manufacture of prototype and production Rysachok planes will be handled by the TsSKB-Progress in Samara. The launch order by the Ministry of Transport.take-off. “Just like the famous agricultural plane. its developers believe. “There are 30 options designed for flying schools in the first place. the aircraft needs a runway of within 1.000 m above sea level.ru making space-related products. TsSKB-Progress Director General Alexander Kirilin said that the company was to make two more Rysachok planes this year. the plant in Samara (Kuibyshev at the time) had been a major player of the nation’s aircraft industry before 1960. inter.and intraregional operations. Having climbed to 400 m and completed two patterns over the Bezymyanka airfield situated on the eastern outskirts of Samara. If the project becomes successful.700 kg. and when its maximum take-off weight stands at 5. US engine manufacturer GE Aviation reported that Technoavia had ordered from it H80 turboprops for 30 Rysachok planes with 30 more as options. The cockpit has combined instrumentation. it will be in high demand. The first Rysachok was painted at the nearby Aviakor plant in January.

Last year. no claim was raised with the Russian side. On 6 December 2010.815 h and 2. After www. In July 2002. the replacement unit was tested from the NS-46 onboard hydraulic power unit and then. Today. the manufacturer’s guarantee team in Chandigarh was not informed and a certificate of damage was not issued. with the remaining time before overhaul standing at 415 h or 5. which was done right at the Satwari airport on 12 December. At the time of the incident. None of the nine persons on board died. the factual background is known. but the machine proved to be beyond repair. which had overhauled it. Mi-26 in India IAF bought its first two Mi-26 heavylifters in May 1986. The machines serialled Z2897 and Z2898 were fielded with the 126th helicopter unit activated at the same time. For instance.994 landings since the beginning of its operation. the Mi-26 (Z3076) departed its air base in Chandigarh to Jammu and Kashmir to take part in airlifting heavy cargo as part of the construction of the railway there. after which its assigned life was extended up to 27 years and eight months (until June 2016). It underwent another overhaul in March 2008 at the manufacturer plant. As is known.7-tonne metalwork were loaded on board. involving a Mi-26 in service with the Indian Air force (IAF). At its destination.5-tonne tractor and long 1. the advanced Russian Mi-26T2 and US CH-47 Chinook are rivals in the IAF tender. Prior to the flight. in February 2006 and September 2007. once the engines were started. the helicopter had logged 484 flying hours and 705 landings after the latest overhaul and 1. Mi-26s hauled Mi-17 helicopters from hand landing sites at least twice. The helicopter crashed onto the ground from an altitude of about 5 m due to a malfunction in the lateral control system. a Mi-26 airlifted a Beechcraft passenger plane from the site of its incident at the Kangra airport. with the origin of the substitute being unknown. an externally slung pontoon bridge was airlifted in February 1989 in a unique operation. It turned out that on the eve of the fatal flight the operator had replaced a helicopter control system part without having it cleared by the guarantee team. with the operation being unique also due to the duration of the flight with cargo on the external sling – 3 h 25 min. in line with the operating flow chart.take-off. the ground crew had spotted hydraulic system oil dripping from the KAU-140 combined control unit responsible for lateral control of the helicopter. The way it was The Mi-26 serialled Z3076 (c/n 14-10) was made by Rostvertol plant in November 1988 specifically for IAF. Following the replacement of the KAU-140. Two more aircraft (serials Z3075 and Z3076) were fielded with the air unit in February 1989. The operation and routine maintenance had been in line with the current documentation. In spite of the Mi-26 being covered by a guarantee of the manufacturer plant. in 1999 and 2002. The facts indicate that the December crash cannot besmirch the Russian-made Mi-26 in the run-up to summing up outcome of the IAF tender for 15 heavylift helicopters no matter how much someone wants it to. Indian Mi-26s carried MiG-21 fighters from the crash sites to their air bases at least twice. The four Mi-26s have been used proactively in India for over two decades to carry heavy cargo and conduct unique transport operations. a 13. The control system operated normally. its time between overhauls was set at 900 h and service life until next overhaul was set at eight years.ru 46 take-off june 2011 .flight safety | tendency Take-off archive CAUSE OF INCIDENT: COUNTERFEIT PARTS In the wake of a Mi-26 crash in India There was an incident at Satwari airport in Indian state Jammu and Kashmir on 14 December 2010. the Indian Mi-26s were widely used to airlift heavy equipment required for construction of a railway in the Srinagar valley. while the manufacturer’s guarantee for three years of 500 flying hours (deadline in March 2011) was provided.5 years. The operator decided to replace the unit with a similar one from its own backup pool of components.

This relieves Russia of any responsibility for the incident. the main and tail rotors disintegrated completely. A request to the manufacturer of the KAU-140 (Gidroagregat JSC in Pavlovo. The helicopter’s load (14.com that. the operator lost much more – a whole helicopter that could have been operated for at least five years more. with the rod then moving at will and finally getting stuck in the fully extended position. In the end. the lessons learnt from the crash of the IAF Mi-26 will persuade operators both in Russia and abroad be more careful with selecting suppliers. The use of original parts and components. the incident suffered by the Mi-26 in Jammu and Kashmir did not involve any loss of life. because nobody wants to won up to losing a helicopter to a failure of second-hand units or components bought on the cheap or to unauthorised repairs or service life extension not authorised by the manufacturer. ensures flight safety. as the probe discovered. but there are more such incidents involving Russian-made helicopters in service with foreign operators. These are only a couple of examples widely known and pertaining to helicopters operated by Russian carriers. had started responding in a strange way to the inputs from the controls after the helicopter started accelerating. The crew of five. This was in the form of ‘biting’ the rod of the actuator 47 . The flight recorders and analysis of the helicopter’s structure and systems on site showed that the aircrew had not been the cause of the crash. coupled with strict compliance with technical maintenance and flight operation standards. IAF set up an investigating committee who considered several versions.5 t of cargo and 5 t of fuel). the controls became hard to move about and would not go to the right. take-off june 2011 chinanews. the incident is not the first one caused by the use of counterfeit units and components. while Russian helicopters have reliability and ruggedness in spades. but also indicated that the newly replaced KAU-140 combined lateral control unit. Hopefully. the problem of counterfeit parts showed up again. which had operated well enough. The problems began piling up when the crew started climbing and accelerating at the same time. piloting error. Usually. The probe revealed that the cargo had been fastened well and its shift could not facilitate the incident. Russia) revealed that the serial number on the case of the unit and its technical certificate had been doctored. and fractures of the tail boom and tail rotor pylon emerged. The entry in the faulty KAU-140’s technical certificate on its delivery to the operator in 2009 indicates that the KAU140 had been bought by IAF from a former Soviet republic. Another wellknown crash is that of UTair’s Mi-8MTV-1 (RA-27411) in Liberia on 2 November 2007 due to the disintegration of the tail rotor fitted with counterfeit blades. Nizhny Novgorod Region. takeoff weight (48.flight safety | tendency of the unit. Thus. www. Attempts to offset the roll were futile.g.ru Conclusions To probe into the crash. Unfortunately. The fatal accident of the Kamov Ka-32T (RA-31575) of the Avialift Vladivostok carrier during logging operations on Kalimantan in Malaysia made quite a stir on 17 April 2004. According to the pilot. the helicopter hit the ground first with the main rotor blades and then with the cockpit at a high angle of roll and a negative angle of pitch about 50 m away from the runway. All was well. This resulted in the loss of lateral control and the helicopter hitting the ground. their true causes are kept under wraps.4 t) and centre-of-gravity location were within the limits. The machine started rolling to the portside while starting veering off the runway’s centerline. Luckily. the machine rolled on its portside. The investigation found out that the cause had been the failure of the TV3-117VK engine due to the fatigue failure of the compressor turbine disks installed during an overhaul by UZGA and being counterfeit. helicopter overloading and technical failure. The rest of onboard systems had operated well until the impact. Trying to save on original spares and components. two flight operators and two official personnel were injured. e.take-off. The fuselage nose section with the cockpit was torn off. the helicopter with its cargo took off and performed a test hovering.

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