february 2013 • Special edition for Aero India 2013

Sukhoi T-50 four prototypes under trials
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Ilyushin 476 undergoing tests
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Sukhoi Superjet 100 arrives to new customers
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Antonov An-70 after upgrade
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ON VIKRAMADITYA
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MiG-29K

Russian aircraft for India: contracts and deliveries [p.4]

February 2013
Editor-in-Chief
Andrey Fomin

Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Vladimir Shcherbakov

Editor
Yevgeny Yerokhin

Columnists
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 a new issue of the Take-Off magazine, a supplement to Russian national monthly aerospace magazine VZLET. This issue has been timed with Aero India 2013 air show to be held in the “capital city” of India’s aviation – Bangalore. By tradition, the aerospace show in Bangalore has been attended by numerous Russian participants and businessmen. Small wonder, since India has long been among the main partners of our country in the field of arms trade, specifically, in aerospace sphere. Russian aircraft have been delivered to India for almost half century. Since the 1960s, the bulk of the Indian Air Force’s fighter and fighterbomber fleets has been made up by MiG and Sukhoi aircraft, with a large number of the MiG-21 fighters and MiG-27M fighter-bombers were made by India and a licence production of one of the world’s best fighters, the Su-30MKI, here in India is now underway and growing up. Licence production of the Russian combat aircraft is only one of the signs of the surging cooperation between the two countries. In late 1990s Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace, a developer and manufacturer of cutting-edge BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system, launched its operations. Later on, a range of other important agreements concerning joint aerospace programmes have been signed with the recent contracts on co-development and co-production of the fifthgeneration Prospective Multirole Fighter (PMF) and Multirole Transport Aircraft (MTA) by Russian companies and India’s HAL corporation became the most important among them. At present, Russia’s MiG Corp. is fulfilling the second contract on delivering MiG-29K/KUB carrierborne fighters to the Indian Navy to equip the air wing of the Vikramaditya carrier to be handed over to India later this year. MiG Corp. is also involved in the programme of upgrading the entire fleet of IAF MiG-29 fighters, the first delivery took place recently. Rosoboronexport and Russian Helicopters JSC are now providing Indian Air Force with Mil Mi-17V-5 multirole medium helicopters (two contracts for 150 helicopters were signed in 2008 and 2012) and participate in a tender issued by Indian Defence Ministry for light multipurpose rotorcraft with Kamov Ka-226T. All these and some other programmes of Russian-Indian aerospace cooperation became the main topics of this issue. By tradition, you can find also here a brief rundown on some other recent news and achievements of the Russian aerospace industry over past several months. I wish all the exhibitors and visitors of Aero India 2013 interesting meetings, useful contacts and lucrative contracts! See you again at next air shows!

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Grigory Butrin Mikhail Fomin

Translation
Yevgeny Ozhogin

Cover picture
Oleg Perov / MiG Corp.

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Director General
Andrey Fomin

Deputy Director General
Nadezhda Kashirina

Marketing Director
George Smirnov

Business Development Director
Mikhail Fomin

Special Projects Director
Artyom Korenyako

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CONTRACTS AND DELIVERIES February 2013
IAF ordering 42 Su-30MKI fighters more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 India to receive 71 Mi-17 helicopters more. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Brazil becoming launch customer for Ka-62 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 First three upgraded MiG-29UPGs delivered to India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Russian and India launching MTA co-development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 As many as 25 Indian An-32s upgraded in Kiev . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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Ka-226T to be ready for delivery this year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

MiG-29K on Vikramaditya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Phazotron’s radars: Indian aspect Interview of Phazotron-NIIR Corporation Designer General Yuri Guskov . . . . . . 16

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Irkut delivers first 15 Yak-130s to RusAF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 First two Su-30SMs delivered to RusAF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 More Su-34 and Su-35S aircraft for RusAF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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T-50 Four aircraft in flight trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 To see first means to win Interview of Tikhomirov-NIIP Director General Yuri Bely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

INDUSTRY

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MC-21 development on schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 PD-14: prototype engine manufacture begins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Last Tu-154M built? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Be-200: first local production aircraft under assembly in Taganrog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Ilyushin 476 undergoing tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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Upgraded An-70 in trials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

COMMERCIAL AVIATION
Angara launches An-148 commercial services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 New aircraft for presidential air detachment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

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with HAL Chairman R. HAL’s licence-produced Su-30MKI output would total 222 aircraft. considering the ready-made Su-30MKIs delivered by Irkut. The manufacture of AL-31FP engines with the use of UMPO JSC-supplied components is performed by HAL’s plant in Koraput. Irkut delivered the first 32 Su-30MKIs under the 1996 contract to IAF during 2002–2004. while the hydraulic. of which 119 have already been deliv- ered to IAF. Meanwhile. 18 more fighters of the type arrived in 2008–2009 under a “trade-in” deal clinched in 2007 as a replacement of 18 Su-30Ks delivered in late 1990s. According to the Indian press. the upgrade will apply to the fighter’s avionics suite.ru . the Su-30MKI two-seat supermanoeuvrable multirole fighter fleet is the trademark of the Indian Air Force and its most sophisticated combat planes in service. The first phase of the upgrade is supposed to boost the radar’s performance through introduction of additional operating modes as well as more-capable computers and software. including the Tikhomirov-NIIP Bars phased-array radars. struck a deal for 40 Su-30MKI knockdown kits more. on the one hand.K. Phase two of the upgrade is to see the Bars’s passive phased array replaced with an active electronically-scanned array (AESA). with Irkut having completed the deliveries under the contract during 2008–10. In 2007. on the other. Thus. This is to maximise the reliance on the solutions of the existing phasedarray radar already productionised by India under Russian license. Tyagi and HAL MiG Complex Managing Director S. The contract with India on licence production of 140 Sukhoi Alexey Mikheyev Andrey Fomin Su-30MKIs. The current preliminary agreements stipulate phased upgrade of the Tikhomirov-NIIP’s Bars phasedarray radar. Such priorities now include the arming of the Indian Su-30MKI fleet with the cutting-edge BrahMos-A long-range precision-guided multirole air-tosurface missiles that is under development by BrahMos Russian-Indian joint venture. 4 take-off february 2013 www. Today. The communication gear and navigation systems are made in Hyderabad. The aircraft are to be licence-produced at the manufacturing facilities of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). was signed on 28 December 2000.6 billion. According to an official HAL news release. Subrahmanyan signing the contract on behalf of India. In addition. the Su-30MKI programme has not been sitting on its hands. Rosoboronexport Deputy Director General Alexander Mikheyev signed the contract.take-off. Since the Su-30MKI production and deliveries will have continued for at least four to five years more while their service life will last at least 25 years. Later on.contracts and deliveries | news IAF ordering 42 Su-30MKI fighters more On 24 December 2012. The first HAL-assembled Su-30MKI was accepted by IAF on 28 November 2004.K. during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India. The Irkut corporation will deliver the knockdown kits to India. IAF will have a fleet of 272 aircraft of the type in the end. pneumatic and fuel units in Lucknow and cockpit MFDs and satnav systems in Korwa. To date. Rosoboronexport and Irkut. valued at $3 billionplus. the Russia’s Irkut corporation has supplied IAF with 50 fly-away aircraft of the type and India’s HAL corporation has been licence-producing the Su-30MKI since 2004. HAL Chairman R. the deal’s worth is estimated at about $1. the Russian-Indian Su-30MKI licence production programme involves 157 Indian subcontractors. AL-31FP thrust vector control engines and avionics. further improvement of the aircraft by means of even more sophisticated avionics and weapons comes to the fore. there was the longawaited signature of the contract for delivery of 42 Su-30MKI multirole supermanoeuvrable fighter knockdown kits to India. It became the major deal in the Russian-Indian cooperation. and the fighter being delivered to India these days differ from those supplied earlier in the decade in greater capabilities of the fire control system owing to latest operating modes and enhanced characteristics of the avionics suite. Tyagi said in December 2012 that after 42 more knockdown kits had been ordered. HAL’s MiG Complex in Nasik handles the manufacture of Su-30MKI airframes and the final assembly of the planes. On behalf of Russia. which has already delivered missile’s ship-based and land-based versions to the Indian Navy and Army. and the Indian Ministry of Defence and HAL.

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The Mi-17V-5s intended for India are manufactured in an improved version. with the 2008 contract to be completed before this year-end. as many as two dozen helicopters of the type had been delivered. of which 59 are earmarked for the Indian Air force and remaining 12 for the Ministry of the Interior (including six for the borderguards) was signed. a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters. Four more aircraft are to be shipped to Brazil before year-end. This has been the first order for Ka-62. They are powered by advanced Klimov VK-2500 turboshaft engines fitted with FADEC. having taken delivery of two Brazil-certificated Mi-171A1s in 2011. the contract for 71 Mi-17V-5 helicopters. The deliveries under the 2008 contract kicked of in autumn 2011. By then. IAF’s total Mi-17 fleet will be at least 200 aircraft strong. including Brazil. It is designed for carriage of 15 passengers or 2. On 24 December 2012. According to the Flight International weekly. The Atlas Taxi Aereo company has been operating Russian-made medium multirole helicopters already. In 1986. which includes four multifunction displays in the cockpit and had been tailored to the Indian version of the Mi-17V-5. having become very popular in the course of both routine operation and several armed conflicts. To date. The developer and supplier of the powertrain. after the current 2008 contract for 80 Mi-17V-5s has been fulfilled. will take part in setting up an after-sales helicopter maintenance centre in Brazil.940 hp in emergency power rating). Another batch of Mi-17V-5s was headed to India in December last year. The Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters have long been in service with IAF and a number of other users in the country. Under the contract awarded by Atlas Taxi Aereo. Three more Mi-35Ms were shipped to Brazil in August last year. The first six machines were delivered during 2009–10.contracts and deliveries | news India to receive 71 Mi-17 helicopters more Russian helicopter-making holding company Russian Helicopters has landed a new lucrative order for Mil Mi-17 family helicopters from India. enables the helicopter to operate round the clock under various weather conditions. In 2008. In 2000. with the number to be brought up to 80 by year-end and then up to almost 140 several years later.000 t of cargo (2. of which 36 were recently delivered Mi-17V-5s.ru . The machines will be manufactured by the Kazan Helicopters. with due account of extra Russian Helicopters customer requirements. The sophisticated navigation and electronic display suite. Russian Helicopters is going to have the helicopter certificated for operation by foreign users. the Indian Ministry of Defence ordered another batch of 40 modified Mi-17-1Vs powered by TV3-117VM high-altitude engines. The flight tests of Ka-62 prototypes are slated for beginning as soon as this year. with the pilot seated in the right seat. The contract was signed during Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to Russia. and the Mi-17V-5 entered service with IAF in a ceremony held on 17 February 2012 at Palam airbase. Russian helicopter-making holding company Russian Helicopters. The delivery is slated for commencement in 2014. IAF had operated 150 Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters by autumn 2012. with the seventh Ka-62 to be delivered in the first quarter of 2016.3 billion. and by 2015. is Austrian company Zoerkler. Given the gradual writing-off of the Mi-8T fleet.500 kg if the cargo is under-slung). The first Kazan Helicopters-built Mi-8Ts appeared in India more than three decades ago. The Mi-35M has been the first Russian combat aircraft in service with the Brazilian Air Force. India started taking delivery of more advanced Mi-17 helicopters powered by TV3-117MT engines. the first two Ka-62s shall be delivered to the Brazilian carrier in the first quarter of 2015. Russian Helicopters 6 take-off february 2013 www.780 hp (1. the Ka-62 is ideal for corporate and passenger services and special operations. Brazil becoming launch customer for Ka-62 On 14 December 2012. The engines feature enhanced power. Russian Helicopters. The value of the deal is estimated at $1. including the main and tail gearboxes. Its powerplant is made up of two Turbomeca Ardiden 3G turboshaft engines with a takeoff power of 1. Under the contract. in New Delhi’s suburbs.take-off.5-tonne takeoff weight class. Russian helicopters are in service with the Brazilian Air Force as well. which is especially important on operations in the hot climate and mountainous terrain. in conjunction with its regional partners. a subsidiary of the Oboronporm company. The Ka-62 is the latest Russian helicopter being developed in the 6. after the new contract has been fulfilled. the latter have exceeded 50. snagged an order for seven advanced Kamov Ka-62 multirole transport/passenger helicopters for Brazilian company Atlas Taxi Aereo to be delivered in 2015–16. The Mi-171A1 had come up on top in a tender held by Brazilian national oil producer Petrobras. Rosoboronexport JSC and the Brazilian Defence Ministry made a deal on the delivery of 12 Mi-35M multirole attack helicopters. The machine has a glass cockpit. during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi. 53 aircraft of the type were ordered at the time. Owing to its spacious comfortable cabin. Russian company Transas is developing an avionics suite for the Ka-62 and will be its supplier. The deal also provides for seven options.

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the concept of upgrading the IAF MiG-29s corresponds to that of the MiG-29SMT that has been in service with the Russian Air Force since 2009 and mastered by Russian pilots. In addition. The cockpit management system is based on colour multifunction liquid-crystal displays. In all. Under the contract. visual differences between the MiG-29UPG and the baseline MiG-29 include the underwing chaff/flare dispensers from Bharat Electronics and advanced antennae of the defence aids suite under wign and in the root of the right fin. At the same time. the fighters will get the midair refuelling capability. At the same time. The international segment of the avionics suite includes a helmet-mounted target designator from Thales. etc. The MiG-29 has been in IAF’s inventory since 1987. they also include the RVV-AE medium-range active radar homing air-to-air missiles and such precision-guided air-tosurface weapons. an Indian electronic intelligence system and an Israeli electronic countermeasures system (the same gear equips the MiG-29K/KUB). KAB-500Kr TV-homing bombs. The upgraded MiG-29UPG’s fire control system is wrapped around the advanced Phazotron-NIIR Zhuk-M2E slotted-array radar and OLS-UEM IRST with the laser. In December 2012. delivered to IAF the first three upgraded MiG-29 fighters – two single-seat MiG-29UPGs and a MiG-29UB UPG two-seater. Overall. They were airlifted to the customer by an Antonov An-124 Ruslan heavy transport.ru . They are to be given more upto-date avionics. as the Kh-29T general-purpose TV-homing missile. At the customer’s request. airframe and powerplant improvements will extend the fighters’ service life by far. Similar experience has been gained from the fulfilling of the Russian-Indian 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. or MiG-29B) and 10 MiG-29UB twinseaters. are subject to upgrade. thermal-imager and TV capabilities from the Precise Instrument Systems Scientific and Production Corporation (NPK SPP). The same radar and IRST fit the MiG-29K/KUB. MiG Corp. In addition to the conformal fuel cell behind the cockpit and the mid-air refuelling boom on the portside. 80 aircraft of the type had been delivered from the later 1980s to the mid-‘90s. including nine MiG-29UB two-seat combat trainers. with their weapons suite to be beefed up with advanced missiles. Unlike the weapons suite of production MiG-29s. using knockdown kits supplied from Russia. Kh-31P passive radar homing antiradation missile. The remaining 56 aircraft will be upgraded in India at the production facilities of the IAF’s 11th Repair Base. The first MiG-29UPG made its maiden flight after upgrade in Zhukovski on 4 February 2010. Upon completion of the tests. Victor Drushlyakov 8 take-off february 2013 www. an inertial/satellite navigation system from Sagem. including about 70 MiG-29 singleseaters (version B. the first six IAF MIG-29s (four singleseaters and two twinseaters) were upgraded and tested in Russia. the first two upgraded MiG-29UPGs and a MiG-29UB UPG were returned to the customer early in December 2012. The fuel load will increase owing to a conformal spine fuel tank aft of the cockpit. The MiG Corp. 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. Overall.contracts and deliveries | news First three upgraded MiG-29UPGs delivered to India MiG Corp. and the aircraft will switch to on-condition maintenance. 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. The experience has showed itself to good advantage. The basic weapons carried by the MIG-29UPG are the same as those carried by the MiG-29SMT and MiG-29K/KUB. systems from various foreign manufacturers are integrated with the avionics suite of the upgraded MiG-29UPG (the so-called international avionics suite). 62 aircraft. Kh-31A active radar homing antiship missile. Three more aircraft are slated for delivery this spring. where they arrived from India in 2008.take-off.

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with the first 40 of them being handled by the Kiev-based government-owned 410th Civil Aviation Plant in conjunction with the Antonov government-owned company and Motor Sich joint stock company and the remaining 65 to be subjected to the same overhaul and upgrade at IAF’s aircraft repair plant in Kanpur.300 m. or 80 casualties. The crew of three (pilot. and UAC-TA Director General Sergei Velmozhkin and HAL Director T. MTAL Director General N. and the whole of the first five-ship batch returned to India in May 2011. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. with its full-scale production slated for 2019. Suvarna Raju on the part of the contractor companies.contracts and deliveries | news Russian and India launching MTA co-development A group of 31 design engineers with Indian corporation HAL came to Moscow on 4 December 2012 for the joint work under the MTA advanced multirole transport aircraft development programme. The contract for the first phase of the development of the MTA medium multirole transport aircraft was signed in New Delhi on 12 October 2012 by UAC – Transport Aircraft (UAC-TA). As is known. (HAL) and Russian-Indian joint venture Multirole Transport Aircraft Ltd.ru . Andrey Fomin Its maximum takeoff weight will be 68 t. The first five IAF An-32s arrived in Kiev for upgrade on 4 March 2010.000 km and that with a 12-t payload – 4. Vasily Koba Vasily Koba The overhaul and upgrade of the An-32s in question is to extend their service life with IAF by 15 years at the least. in September 2011.700 km. work is under way on another portion of IAF An-32s. The powerplant is supposed to include two new-generation PD-14M turbofans with a takeoff thrust of 15. the MTA medium transport aircraft will be capable of hauling up to 20 t of cargo or 140 troops (90 paratroops in case of an airdrop). The aircraft is the last one in the fifth group of planes that had arrived to Ukraine from India under the contract made by the Indian Defence Ministry and Ukrainian governmental arms exporter Spetstekhexport on 15 June 2009. The contract officially launched the design work under the requirements specifications approved by the defence ministry of the two countries and kicked off the financing of the work. Meanwhile. its range with a 20-t payload will measure 2. The parties were going to invest $300 million into the programme each and launch the airlifter’s production in Russia and India. The MTA is expected to conduct its maiden flight in 2017. Russia and India signed an intergovernmental agreement on the MTA programme in 2007 and an agreement on setting up the MTAL joint venture to develop and produce the MTA on 9 September 2010. According to UAC’s official website. with the output to stand at 205 aircraft at least. after which the remaining 65 planes will be upgraded to An-32RE standard by the Indians themselves. MTA’s cruising speed is estimated at 800 km/h while its run and roll at 1. Agarval signed the contract on the part of the customer.take-off. IAF received five upgraded An-32REs more. Thus. They had been brought to Kiev in July 2010. The upgrade programme approved by the parties stipulates for fitting the An-32s with about 25 advanced systems from Ukrainian and foreign manufactur- ers. As many as 25 Indian An-32s upgraded in Kiev January 2013 has seen the completion of the overhaul and upgrade of the 25th Indian An-32 airlifter (serial K2694) in Kiev. The handover of the third five-aircraft batch of upgraded An-32s took place on 12 March 2012. and the number shall increase to 25 in the near future with the delivery of the fifth five-ship batch overhauled and upgraded in Kiev since May of last year. Four months later.300 km with a full fuel load of 25 t. 105 Indian Air Force An-32s are to be overhauled and upgraded in all. This leaves only the last five An-32s to be upgraded in Ukraine under the contract.050 m. and on 4 October 2012.K.600 kgf. co-pilot and navigator with the flight mechanic as an option) will be able to operate the aircraft from paved or unpaved airfields sitting at sea level up to 3.45x3. with the core of the design team being a group of designers with Russian airframer Ilyushin. the Ukraine delivered the fourth batch of five upgraded An-32RE airlifters to IAF. (MTAL). Ferry range will account for 7. IAF had had as many as 20 An-32RE airlifters by this year. 10 take-off february 2013 www. The co-designing of the MTA has been under way at a UAC – Transport Aircraft facility in Moscow. with the next batch slated to arrive in January. The first upgraded aircraft was rolled out in a ceremony on 27 August of the same year. Another five aircraft came in from India in September 2012. The cargo hold’s lateral cross section will measure 3.4 m and its length will be 14 m. The upgraded aircraft shall be designated as An-32RE (RE stands for ‘re-equipped’).

The Indian Ministry of Defence launched the competition in 2008. which are operated in the flying ambulance role in the Orenburg Region. In the 1st quarter of 2013. Requests for proposals were issued to Eurocopter. the Ministry of Interior and Federal Security Service Aviation Department. and Strela Production Association in Orenburg since 2000. the Russian offer is facing good chances to come up on top. The full-rate production of the Ka-226T is being launched by the Kumertau Aircraft Production Enterprise. Indian Defence Minister A. Longerterm plans provide for delivery of 40 Ka-226s prior to 2020. A considerable number of the 197 helicopters ordered is to be licenceproduced by HAL.K.take-off. several months after the $600 million programme on buying and licence-producing 197 Eurocopter AS550C3 helicopters for the Indian Army Aviation had been cancelled in December 2007. the ministry is going to receive 16 Ka-226T helicopters in the coming years. a supplement type certificate is to be obtained based on the outcome of the certification tests. AgustaWestland and Kamov. Bell Textron. Strela delivered two Ka-226s in 2008. For instance. According to a number of experts. In March 2012 the Russian Air Force took delivery of KumAPE-built Ka-226s. Antony officially stated his decision on issue a new helicopter tender in April 2008. Last summer. The Ka-226T’s flight tests conducted in India have highlighted the unique capabilities of the helicopter. the Russian Emergencies Ministry became the launch customer for the Ka-226T. www. with five aircraft brought to Syzran Air Force flying school (affiliate of the Air Force Military Training and Scientific Centre). The holding company with its Ka-226T is bidding on the contract for the replacement to IAF’s and Army Aviation’s obsolete Cheetah and Chetak helicopters with advanced light multirole machines. About 10 Ka-226TM shipborne helicopters designed for border guard ships may well be fielded with the Russian Border Guard later in the decade. The Russian Helicopters with its Kamov Ka-226T and Eurocopter with its AS550C3 are on the tender’s shortlist. having ordered two aircraft of the type in the medevac version. and then the Ka-226T will be ready for delivery. Russian Helicopters holding company subsidiary. The plant in Kumertau has specialised mostly in fulfilling orders awarded by Russian uniformed agencies. Russian police special-purpose air detachments have taken delivery of 12 helicopters of the type. Russian Helicopters pins its hopes on a potential lucrative Indian order as well. Ministry of the Interior and Gazpromavia have plans to switch from the Ka-226s they are receiving now to the Ka-226T. The Defence Ministry. The future of the Ka-226 hinges on the production launch of the Ka-226T version powered by Turbomeca Arrius 2G1 engines that features a better power-to-weight capability and can operate at a higher altitude. Production of the Allison 250-C20B-powered baseline Ka-226 version is under way at Kumertau Aircraft Production Enterprise. the Defence Ministry is intent on receiving about 16 aircraft of the type by year-end 2013 and Ruslan Denisov Alexey Mikheyev using them for training pilots for Ka-52 combat helicopters. The company in Orenburg has had orders awarded by the Gazpromavia company and Russian Emergencies Ministry. with the 12th aircraft brought to the Krasnodar Region in late December 2012. The outcome of the tender is expected to be announced this year. Next five Ka-226s followed them last summer. e. Two Ka-226T prototypes have been in flight trials since 2009. In all.g. especially in ‘high and hot’ operations.ru take-off february 2013 11 . In all. In addition.contracts and deliveries | news Ka-226T to be ready for delivery this year The Russian Helicopters holding company is completing the certification tests of the upgraded Kamov Ka-226T light multipurpose coaxial helicopter.

release bars. In March 2010. Last summer. The flight tests of the MiG-29K (side number 941) and MiG-29KUB (side number 947) prototypes began in 2007. At the same time. upgraded and tested in Russia and on future Indian indigenous aircraft carriers. thus launching the deliveries under the second Indian MoD contract for aircraft of the type. First. etc. with the number to be brought to 45 by the middle of the decade. MiG Corp. the air arm of the Indian Navy has operated as many as 20 MiG-29K/KUB fighters to date. with the aircraft to join the Vikramaditya’s carrier air wing. MiG Corp. arrestor gear. the optical landing system. Oleg Mutovin performed a series of landing approach simulations on a Su-33 without touching the deck to test the ship’s radio technical and optical www. Thus.contracts and deliveries | report MiG-29K ON VIKRAMADITYA In December 2012. Nikolay Diorditsa and Mikhail Belyayev conducted in late September 2009 the first deck landings on and takeoffs from the Russian Navy Northern Fleet’s Admiral Kuznetsov carrier. during which she was to check not only all of her onboard systems. using a MiG-29K prototype and a production MiG-29KUB. To prove the MiG-29K/KUB were fit for operations from ski jump ramp and arrestor gear-equipped carriers.4 Admiral Gorshkov heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser into the Project 11430 aircraft carrier designated as Vikramaditya was made in January 2004. as many as 16 MiG-29K/KUB fighters were delivered under the 2004 contract providing for 29 options. on 12 March 2010. the MiG Russian Aircraft Corporation delivered another four MiG-29K/KUB multirole carrierborne fighters to the Indian Navy. the new carrier headed for high seas for her running trials. the options firmed up into a firm contract.ru 12 take-off february 2013 . The fighters will be part of the air groups to be deployed on the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier being modified. landed an order for development of the upgraded MiG-29K multirole fighter and MiG-29KUB combat trainer and delivery of the first batch of 16 aircraft to the air arm of the Indian Navy. the 29 options for more MiG-29K/KUB fighters firmed up. Defence Ministry Main Flight Test Centre test pilot Hero of Russia Col. In 2009–11. The Severodvinsk-based Sevmash shipyard had completed the Admiral Gorshkov cruiser’s reconstruction into the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier by the summer of this year. and the delivery kicked off late last year. e. with the aircraft based at a land-based airfield in Goa state in anticipation of the Vikramaditya’s arrival in India. but also aircraft operation support equipment. Less than a month after the solemn event. On 8 June 2012. The Russian-Indian deal for conversion of the Project 1143.take-off. MiG’s plants started manufacturing the first aircraft under the second contract in summer 2011. placed in March 2010. The ceremony of the MiG-29K/KUB’s entry into service with the Indian Navy took place here on 19 February 2010. launched production of the next MiG-29K/KUB batch for the Indian Navy under a new order for 29 more aircraft of the type. with the first production fighter taken to air in March 2008. Su-33 fighters of the Northern Fleet’s shipborne fighter air regiment had been used for testing flight operations from the Vikramaditya. During 2009–11. MiG Corp.’s test pilots Pavel Vlasov.g. the first batch of 16 production-standard MiG-29K/KUBs was delivered to the customer.

After that. The MiG-29KUB’s first takeoff from the Vikramaditya’s ski jump ramp was conducted by Belyayev and Diorditsa at 13. Flight Test Centre Senior Test Pilot Mikhail Belyayev started practicing landing approaches on the MiG29KUB (side number 204) to the Vikramaditya. followed by another deck landing 40 minutes later. two helicopter mock-ups – those of the Kamov Ka-27 and Ka-31 – were rolled out onto deck. Early on a Saturday morning of 28 July. “There is an upgrade programme for her to be completed prior to take-off february 2013 13 . 29 July 2012 Viktor ANDREYEV Photos provided by RSK MiG Corp. one being the MiG-29KUB (side number 204). Oleg Mutovin flew his single-seat MiG-29K (side number 941) in a series of similar approaches. the landing gear of their MiG touched the deck of the carrier for the first time in a series of touch-and-go landing approaches.’s Honoured Test Pilot. In addition. Dmitry Demenev performed several flights around the Vikramaditya on their Su-33s. They are to launch their official test programme in 2013 and be joined by two more later this year.’s chief test pilot Mikhail Belyayev got into the front seat and Hero of Russia Nikolay Diorditsa took the back seat. Russia’s only aircraft-carrying ship. On 17 July. the aircraft was on deck. too. On the holiday.contracts and deliveries | report Oleg Filonok Vikramaditya aircraft carrier with MiG-29KUB fighter as well as Ka-27 and Ka-31 helicopters onboard during celebrations of Russian Navy Day. Two aircraft carriers participated in the naval parade in Severomorsk – the Northern Fleet’s Admiral Kuznetsov took part in addition to the Vikramaditya. MiG Corp.take-off. RSK MiG’s chief test pilot (forward seat) and Hero of Russia Nikolay Diorditsa (back seat) preparing for MiG-29KUB’s first deck landing on Vikramaditya. and Chief of Flight Operation/MiG Corp. Then two MiG jets were ferried from Moscow to Severomorsk – the production-standard MiG-29KUB (side number 204) two-seater on 11 July and the MiG-29K (side number 941) single-seat prototype on 21 July. The first two Defence Ministry-ordered aircraft are planned for production as soon as early this year. as many as two fighters were sitting on deck.ru fledged landing on the carrier kicked off at the airfield in Severomorsk.20 on the same day. The Admiral Kuznetsov carrier. The contract made by MiG Corp. but advanced multirole MiG-29K/KUBs as well. In mid-July. and the MiG-29K (side number 311). Hero of Russia Nikolay Diorditsa. with the aircraft recently ordered by the Russian Navy. and the Russian Defence Minister in February 2012 stipulates for delivery of 24 advanced MiGs to the air arm of the Russian Navy during 2013– 15 including 20 MiG-29K singleseaters and four MiG-29KUB twinseaters. with the first deck landing having been smooth. Mikhail Belyayev. during which the operation of her radar systems was evaluated. Yevgeny Kuznetsov. for the Vikramaditya participated in the Navy Day naval parade in Severomorsk on the next day. Col. the Kuznetsov’s air wing will have not only the Su-33 fighters it had included since the ‘90s. Severomorsk. The carrierborne fighter air regiment commanding officer. As soon as 09. MiG Corp. Col. will have remained in service with the Russian Navy until the end of the decade at the least. preparation of the MiG-29KUB for a fullwww. and Main Flight Test Centre test pilot Maj. 28 July 2012 systems in early July. which had landed the day before. albeit without touching down. 10 aircraft will be delivered annually in 2014– 15. 311 is the prototype made in 1988.18. which had been brought up from the hangar deck (No. Thus. Severomorsk. operated as far back as on the Tbilisi in 1989–91 and now used on board the Vikramaditya as a dimensional and weight mock-up). the fighter remained on deck. She is expected to start receiving its MiG-29K/KUB fighters this year.

The final phase of the carrier trials of the MiG-29K/KUB is planned for the same timeframe. they had conducted numerous touch-and-go landings. followed by flights of the MiG-29KUB in the tanker plane configuration with four drop tanks and a detachable refuelling unit. Mikhail Belyayev and Oleg Mutovin. That done. Under the programme. During the trials. the sea trials of the Vikramaditya carried on. a high-ranking Indian delegation.contracts and deliveries | report 2020. the carrier is to be furnished with advanced aircraft – MiG-29s”. which arrived to the ship. Thus. Chirkov said. one carrying air-to-air missiles and the other antiship missiles. which had lasted 108 days. Meanwhile. the ship will put out to sea for the final phase of the trials this spring. MiG-29K with air-to-air missiles load and MiG-29KUB onboard Vikramaditya carrier. MiG Corp. the two MiGs had logged 41 takeoffs from and landings on the Vikramaditya over less then two months. was demonstrated consecutive landings of both MiGs. Indian pilots will be able to start flying their MiG-29K/KUBs from the Vikramaditya cleaving the water of the Indian Ocean as soon as this year. The first stage of the sea trials of the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier. Victor Chirkov had said on the eve of the Navy Day in July 2012. On 6 August. During the Vikramaditya’s running trials. Russian Navy Commander Vice-Adm. Vice-Adm. Money has been disbursed to pay for the work”. This proves both the professionalism of Russian test pilots and efficient operation of the aircraft and ship-based landing support systems. In addition. A key result produced by the tests was the practical training of the operation of advanced MiG-29K/KUB multirole carrierborne fighters from the carrier. maximum range flights were conducted off the ship in late August to gauge the operation of the MiG-29K’s navigation system. was over on 23 September 2012.take-off. He added that the Navy planned construction of new aircraft-carrying ships. After the improvements are made by Sevmash. On 21 August.ru . In all. 28 July 2012 14 take-off february 2013 www. night flights in particular. Oleg Mutovin performed a landing of the MiG-29K carrying a payload simulated by mock-ups of air-toair missiles. “The design bureaux have been tasked with designing an advanced aircraft carrier.’s test pilots Andrey Shishov and Sergey Rybnikov and Main Flight Test Centre test pilot Dmitry Demenev performed their first deck landings on their MiG-29KUB and MiG-29K in addition to Nikolay Diorditsa. They were followed by Ka-27PS and Ka-31 helicopters. the ice conditions permitting. 3 August 2012 Participants of the trials after the first MiG-29KUB deck landing. the ship will be ready for delivery and will be able to set off for India’s shores. 70% of the landings included snagging the second arrestor cable (this way of landing is regarded as the optimal one).

28 July 2012 www. 12 September 2012 MiG-29KUB starts from Vikramaditya’s deck for the first time. RSK MiG’s chief test pilot (left) and Sergey Korotkov. RSK MiG Director General.take-off. after their landing in MiG-29KUB on Vikramaditya carrier. in MiG-29KUB cockpit Mikhail Belyayev.contracts and deliveries | report Sergey Korotkov. RSK MiG Director General (right).ru take-off february 2013 15 .

had been unable to stand its ground against up-to-date fighters by the kick-off of the new millennium. followed in 1977 by the more sophisticated MiG-21bis supplied by the Soviet Union. despite the MiG-21’s baseline model being on the verge of turning 60 soon. including Western ones. having built about 200 and 220 aircraft respectively. and 1986 saw the commencement of the deliveries of the fourth-generation MiG-29 fighter furnished with the our N019 radar. Mind you. Numerous aircraft of the type were licence-produced in India. By the mid-‘90s. IAF received 84 MiG-29 fighters from the Soviet Union. What kind of programme is it? From 1986 to 1995. KAB-500Kr smart bombs. who spoke of the work the company is doing for its Indian customer. By the customer’s request. HAL’s plant in Nashik ran the MiG-21M licence production from 1973 to 1981 and the licence production of the MiG-21bis from 1983 to 1987. Despite its production in India having been completed only in 1987. Tests of the Zhuk-AE (FGA-35) AESA radar designed for the MiG-35 and for upgrade of in-service MiG-29 versions are underway. we met Phazotron-NIIR Designer General Yuri Guskov.) and improved navigation. In this connection. Zhuk-ME radar variants. The fighter. the upgraded fighter. make them multirole and able to use guided air-to-ground weapons. First came the MiG-21M equipped with the Sapfir-21 radar in the early ‘70s. communication and other equipment. The MiGs in service with the air forces of more than 30 countries are fitted with its radars. etc.g. The knockdown kits for the MiG-21bis upgrade. was fitted with a French-made navigation system. The first two IAF’s MiG-21bis fighters were upgraded in Russia by the Sokol aircraft plant in Nizhny Novgorod and delivered in December 2000 following a largescale test programme involving Russian and Indian pilots. we provide maintenance support for the Bisons and supply spares. a large portion of the corporation’s orderbook is made up of the orders for radars to fit the aircraft in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF) and air arm of the Indian Navy. Almost 70 of the aircraft remain in service now. what was the beginning of today’s active cooperation between the Phazotron-NIIR corporation and its Indian customers? MiG fighters fitted with Phazotrondeveloped radars have been in IAF’s inventory for more than 40 years now. since the upgraded MiG-21s are to remain in service with IAF until 2018 at the least due to the indigenous Indian LCA (Tejas) light fighter having slipped behind schedule. introduction of advanced missiles used by Russian fourth-generation fighters (RVV-AE and R-73E air-to-air missiles. missiles and a number of other systems. MiG-29K/KUB. had continued until 2008 when the programme was complete. This has been proven repeatedly by exercises attended by Indian MiG-21bis UPGs and other fighters. mostly in the MiG-21bis version. Mention should be made that the MiG-21bis UPG programme laid the solid groundwork of the Russian-Indian cooperation in aircraft upgrade and development.take-off. The guarantee of the Bison’s success is its top-notch flight performance recognised by pilots a long time ago. including PhazotronNIIR’s Kopyo radars. designated as MiG-29UPG. the MiG-21. MiG Corp. which was designated MiG-21bis UPG Bison in India. the MiG-21 fleet could remain in service with IAF for a long time in terms of the airframe service life. The programme dubbed MiG-21-93 was supported by IAF command. In addition.contracts and deliveries | interview PHAZOTRON’S RADARS: Indian aspect Interview of Phazotron-NIIR Corporation Designer General Yuri Guskov The Phazotron-NIIR corporation is known throughout the world for its fire control radars designed for MiG fighters. with the deliveries having started recently. The programme is based on the expertise gained from the development of the upgraded MiG-29SMT and the Indian Navy-ordered MiG-29K/KUB multirole carrierborne fighters.ru 16 take-off february 2013 . are in full-rate production. An IAF MiG-29 upgrade programme is under way now. coupled with its tactical performance supported by PhazotronNIIR’s Kopyo radar and advanced Russianmade air-launched weapons. in 1993 worked out a MiG-21bis upgrade programme providing for fitting the fighter with the advanced Phazotron-NIIR’s Kopyo slotted array radar. Mr. which dates back to the ‘50s. Today. got PhazotronNIIR’s advanced Zhuk-ME slotted array radar instead the obsolete N019. which fit the advanced MiG-29SMT. particularly. IAF had operated a fleet of around 300 MiG-21s. To extend their service life and enhance their tactical performance. Guskov. and a contract for the upgrade of 125 IAF MiG-21bis fighters was made on 1 March 1996. the upgrade enabled the Bison to be virtually on a par with the up-to-date fighters. MiG-29M/M2 and IAF’s upgraded MiG-29UPG fighters. e. Now. Israeli-built electronic warfare kit and several Indian-produced systems in addition to the Russian-manufactured Kopyo radar. IAF took delivery of 45 MiG-23MF fighters fitted with Phazotron’s Sapfir-23 radars in 1982. On the verge of the air show in Bangalore. At the same time. The remaining 123 fighters were to be upgraded in India with the use of Russian-supplied knockdown kits. The first Nashik-upgraded MiG-21bis UPG flew on 31 August 2001. with India being the first foreign country to get the thenadvanced Soviet fighters of the type. a Russian-Indian contract on upgrade of 64 MiG-29 and MiG-29UB fighters was signed in March 2008. www.

during which time we are to deliver about 50 radars to India. with the talks on the MiG-29M/M2 with a number of foreign customers being under way. We also will continue to deliver similar radars for the newly built land-based MiG-29M/M2 fighters commonised with the MiG-29K/KUB. At the same time. All of them will be fitted with our radars. we are launching the production of the radars to fit the MiG-29K/KUBs ordered by the Russian Navy last year. Another Russian Defence Ministry order we are going to fulfil in the coming years is the improvement of the Zhuk-ME radars of the 28 in-service MiG-29SMTs to meet the Russian Air Force requirements. Our Zhuk-ME radar designated the target. The programme will continue for three to four years more. following a comprehensive test programme. This is a considerable part of PhazotronNIIR’s production programme designed for the near future. we are getting the first batch of PhazotronNIIR Zhuk-ME radar sets ready for shipping. they have started a new type of combat training involving the firing of guided missiles on waterborne targets. with the air group of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier to total 24 MiG-29K/KUBs.contracts and deliveries | interview Andrey Fomin Kopyo radar The Zhuk-ME is the same radar that fits the MiG-29SMT and MiG-29K/KUB. a MiG-29K had conducted the first launch of the Kh-35E antiship active radar homing missile on a waterborne target in an Indian naval training area. For this purpose. The results produced by the launch graphically demonstrated the top-notch capabilities of the aircraft and its radar and weapons. The rest of the MiGs will be upgraded in India. The first six aircraft (four single-seaters and two two-seaters) have been upgraded in Russia under the contract. All of the 16 aircraft under the first contract signed in www. we will continue the deliveries of our radars for the Indian carrierborne MiGs. The pilots have a high opinion of their planes. Thus. there was the direct impact accompanied with the detonation of the warhead. the deliveries have begun under the second contract for 29 aircraft more. and a range of over 85 km). How does Phazotron-NIIR participate in the MiG-29K/KUB programme? The key element of the fire control system of the advanced MiG-29K/KUB multirole carrierborne fighters is our Zhuk-ME (FGM-129) radar enabling the aircraft to operate effectively in the air-to-air and airto-surface modes using numerous guided and non-guided weapons. Recently. We have supplied four Zhuk-ME radar sets for them. Recently. we are to manufacture 45 Zhuk-ME radar sets for the Indian carrierborne fighters. The weapons suite will have a wide range of air-to-air and air-to-surface guided weapons. Three more are to be shipped to India this spring. The first batch of such aircraft is to be delivered to the Russian Defence Ministry before year-end. but it features even greater capabilities (FGM-229 version). In spite of the deliberately difficult launch conditions (an aspect angle of about 70 deg. Western and Indian-made systems to be integrated with the avionics suite. We also anticipate an order for the Zhuk-ME radars to equip MiG-29SMT fighters under the Sergey Kuznetsov Zhuk-ME (FGM-29) radar on MiG-29SMT fighter take-off february 2013 17 . and the cockpit and avionics suite will be updated considerably. Our radars equip both single-seat and twinseat versions of the fighter. This year.take-off. the delivered MiG-29K/KUBs have been stationed at an air base in Goa state and used by their Indian Navy air and ground crews to learn the ropes. which was signed in 2010.ru January 2004 have been delivered to the Indian Navy. Until the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier arrives in India after her modernisation in Russia. Not long before the New Year Day. Three aircraft (two combat ones and a combat trainer) were shipped to the customer late last year. with advanced Russian.

In April 2010. Based on the outcome of the trials. we are ready to supply the FGA-29 and FGA-35 radars with the AESA which have proven their top-notch capabilities in flight. However. We have developed a Zhuk-AE version featuring an increased-diameter 688-mm AESA – the FGA-35 – for use on production-standard fighters. A demo version of the radar – the FGA-29 with a 500-mm AESA – was made and put through some of the bench tests in 2006. we hope for India to reconsider its position on the Russia-offered Generation 4++ MiG-35 fighter fitted with our Zhuk-AE AESA radar. The number of the AESA’s T-R modules has grown by almost 50% to slightly more than a thousand. because they can provide a hefty further increase in the combat performance of their MiG-29K/KUBs. The radar’s performance will improve considerably with an insignificant weight increase.ru 18 take-off february 2013 . including live firing tests at missile ranges. However. We hope that an experimental example of the advanced AESA will have been manufactured and submitted for bench tests next year. At the same time.take-off. February 2007 Bangladeshi contract that is being negotiated now. www. The improvement is planned to be demonstrated during the flight tests. Does the company continue to develop an AESA radar? It does. Early in 2007. In addition. As you know. the radar as part of the MiG-35D (side number 967) was involved in the flight trials conducted by both RusAF and IAF pilots. in the near future. RusAF will make up its mind which version of the MiG fighters will be bought by the Defence Ministry – MiG-35 equipped with the AESA radar or MiG-29M/M2 with the less expensive Zhuk-ME slot-array radar. we have launched the designing of a new AESA featuring more efficient cutting-edge transmitreceive modules that are being developed by the NIIPP Semiconductor Instrument Research Institute in the city of Tomsk. I am certain that we will be able to highlight the far more advanced capabilities of the AESA radar. for such radars own the future. the development of the Zhuk’s version fitted with the AESA was launched by Phazotron-NIIR in the mid-2000s. We are offering such radars to our Indian partners as well. and was praised high enough. this work is intended for the future.contracts and deliveries | interview Phazotron-NIIR Zhuk-AE (FGA-35) full-size AESA radar Piotr Butowski Zhuk-AE (FGA-29) on MiG-35 technology demonstrator. We are going to launch a new phase of the programme – the flight tests of the full-scale Zhuk-AE (FGA-35) radar on the MiG-29. it was mounted on the MiG-35 demonstrator (side number 154) and displayed at the Aero India 2007 air show in Bangalore.

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Irkut is to make 58 Su-30SMs more and deliver them to RusAF in the coming years. Thus. followed by last three aircraft slated for last year’s delivery on 19 December. The acceptance report was Irkut Corp. The 15 brand-new Yak-130s bearing side numbers 31 through 45 joined the first 10 Borisoglebskbased Yak-130s. Once the 2005 contract for 12 Sokol-made Yak-130s for the Russian Defence Ministry was fulfilled in June 2011. The aircraft will be delivered to BelAF in 2015. signed at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant. on 7 December 2011. Another two three-ship Yak-130 batches went to Borisoglebsk from the manufacturing plant on 21 and 30 November respectively. particularly those from CIS countries. The first Su-30SM earmarked for RusAF made its maiden flight in Irkutsk on 21 September last year. In December 2011.take-off. Irkut fulfilled its first export contract for 16 Yak-130s ordered by the Algerian Air Force. The Yak-130’s combat trainer version with its weapons suite passed its official tests in December 2009.military aviation | news Irkut delivers first 15 Yak-130s to RusAF Mikhail Khokhryakov Irkut JSC. since 2011. Sergey Alexandrov First two Su-30SMs delivered to RusAF On 22 November 2012. The remaining 40 combat trainers under the contract shall have been delivered within three years. The training centre’s aircrews ferried first three Yak-130s from Irkutsk to Borisoglebsk on 5 October 2012. An official Irkut news release states the tailoring of the aircraft to the RusAF requirements. RusAF has been taking delivery of Yak-130 combat trainers since February 2010 (first they were fielded with the State Aircrew Training and Aircraft Operational Evaluation Centre of the Defence Ministry in the city of Lipetsk). communication and IFF systems. The Su-30SM is a derivative of the Su-30MKI fighter that the Irkutsk Aviation Plant has been made for export since 2000. Three more aircraft followed the trio four days later. the Irkut corporation delivered two Su-30SM multirole supermanoeuvrable twoseat fighters to the Russian Air Force. a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation. signed in December 2012. Not long before that.ru . at the same time with the delivery of Yak-130s to RusAF. followed by the other four days later. The aircraft were delivered to the RusAF Borisoglebsk Training Centre operating 10 Yak-130s. having delivered the first 15-ship Yak-130 combat trainer batch to the Russian Air Force. on 9 October. One of the results produced by the talks was the contract for delivery of four Yak-130 combat trainers for the Belarusian Defence Ministry. The Republic of Belarus became the first CIS member state to buy Yak-130s. which had been performed by the Sukhoi design bureau. with 10 options having been provided for. a subsidiary of the Irkut corporation. built by the Sokol aircraft plant in Nizhny Novgorod. the Russian Defence Ministry placed another contract with Irkut for 30 Su-30SM fighters more. 20 take-off february 2013 www. pertained “radar. Now. Modifications had been made to the weapons suite as well. Irkut is in talks with new foreign customers. met its commitments under last year’s governmental defence procurement order. the Irkut cut its first deal with the Russian Defence Ministry for 55 Yak-130s intended for RusAF during 2012–15. a decision was made that all subsequent Yak-130 orders – both domestic and export ones – would be handled by the Irkutsk Aviation Plant of the Irkut corporation. On 19 December 2012. bringing the total number up to 25. The first two aircraft were built under the March 2012 order by the Russian Defence Ministry for 30 Su-30SMs to be delivered between 2012 and 2015. ejection seat and a number of auxiliary systems”.

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which the customer had received in Novosibirsk in the run-up to New Year Day.take-off. Later on. As the head of the United Aircraft Corporation Mikhail Pogosyan told Russian President Vladimir Putin during his last year visit to KnAAZ. a Sukhoi subsidiary) and delivered to the Defence Ministry in May and December 2011. By then. At first. 20. The next batch (six aircraft with side numbers from 01 through 05 and 10) arrived to Baltimore AFB in December 2011. they were assigned to the Aviation Personnel Training and Aircraft Operational Evaluation Centre in the city of Sukhoi UAC Lipetsk and have been based in Voronezh since December 2011. This year. on 29 December.military aviation | news More Su-34 and Su-35S aircraft for RusAF In December 2012. the first two Su-35S fighters (side numbers are 01 and 02) under the contract were made by KnAAPO (now KnAAZ – Russian acronym for Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant named after Yuri Gagarin. the air base in Voronezh has got as many as 20 Su-34 tactical bombers. Sukhoi has delivered them under the government-awarded November 2008 contract stipulating the construction and delivery of 32 aircraft of the type during 2010–13. equally big long-term order for Su-35S fighters that will have been delivered until 2020. Sukhoi is going to have its manufacturing plant in Novosibirsk build 12 Su-34s more. Their ferry flight to Akhtubinsk was slated for late January. The first four Su-34s under the contract (side numbers 06 through 09) were manufactured and delivered late in 2010. Another two (side numbers 03 and 04) were flighttested in Komsomolsk-on-Amur in January and February 2012. The six more aircraft delivered late last year will join them there in the near future. The customer received six more Su-35S supermanoeuvrable multirole single-seat fighters under the August 2009 contract for 48 aircraft of the type. Defence Ministry representatives signed acceptance reports on advanced Sukhoi planes at the Komsomolskon-Amur Aircraft Plant as well.ru UAC . Not long before New Year Day. the Defence Ministry is expected to place a new. Sukhoi will supply RusAF with 12 Su-35S fighters annually during 2013 and 2014 and will deliver the last 14 fighters under the contract to the military in 2015. Thus. have arrived there a month later. it will start fulfilling the next – unprecedented – governmental order for 92 Su-34 tactical bombers more to be delivered to RusAF from 2014 to 2020. 12. The first five Su-34s (side numbers 11. 21 and 22) flew from the manufacturer’s airfield in Novosibirsk to Baltimore AFB in the vicinity of Voronezh on 25 December 2012. The four aircraft were ferried to the Defence Ministry’s State Flight Test Centre in Akhtubinsk to undergo their official trials. the Sukhoi company supplied the Russian defence Ministry with 16 brandnew warplanes – 10 productionstandard Su-34 multirole tactical bombers and six cutting-edge Su-35S multirole supermanoeuvrable fighters. thus completing the order landed in 2008. As is known. Right after this. they will be based at the Aviation Personnel Training and Aircraft Operational Evaluation Centre in Lipetsk. where they will be used for opeval and the conversion of the flying and ground crews of RusAF combat units to the type. on 25 January this year. on 28 December 2012. Five more aircraft (side numbers 23 through 27). 22 take-off february 2013 www. having thus fulfilled its part of the 2012 State Defence Procurement Order.

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with all systems operating normally. including a highspeed run with nose wheel lift-off. Sukhoi test pilot Sergei Bogdan took off in the aircraft on its first flight and landed it safely onto the runway 38 min later. The first overnight stopover was in the city of Chita (Domna airfield). the prototypes are to be used in the official test programme. It made its first long-range flight. the aircraft flew to Kansk and arrived in Zhukovsky at about 16. Afterwards. on 17 January 2012. having covered about 7. Sergei Bogdan gave the newly painted aircraft a check flight that proved its being fit for the long flight to the Moscow Region. The T-50-4 (side number 054) was flown by Honoured Test Pilot of the Russian Federation.000 km with several stopovers across Russia from Komsomolsk-onAmur in the Russian Far East. At 16. The first mission was accomplished. The advanced fighter piloted by Sergei Bogdan set off for long a road on 15 January. The T-50-4 is the first of the prototypes.take-off. with KnAAZ completing the fifth prototype of the fighter.000-km-long route passed via Chita.ru 24 take-off february 2013 . Kansk and Chelyabinsk. On the next day. the T-50-4 took off thrice and was painted then. where such aircraft are made by the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant named after Yuri Gagarin (KnAAZ).50 local time on 12 December 2012. as many as four flying prototypes of the T-50 are used in the trials under the PAK FA flight test programme now. the first three PAK FA prototypes would be disassembled and airlifted to Zhukovsky by An-124 Ruslan transports. which ferry flight from the manufacturing plant in the Far East to the Moscow Region was under its own power. As is known. a decision was made to conduct the first flight. This year. The 7. Hero of Russia Sergei Bogdan. After that. On 14 January 2013. Moscow Region.military aviation | report T-50 Andrey FOMIN Photos by Vladimir Ivakhnenko / Sukhoi FOUR AIRCRAFT IN FLIGHT TRIALS The fourth flying prototype of the PAK FA Russia’s Future Tactical Fighter – the T-50 fifth-generation fighter being developed by the Sukhoi company – came to the airfield of the Gromov Flight research Institute in Zhukovsky. the plane was rolled out to the airfield and performed its first taxiing run. following several test flights in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. On 10 December 2012. Thus. The test pilot checked the plane’s stability and controllability and evaluated the operation of the powerplant and all systems. it taxied two times more. Two days later.15 h on 17 January in heavy snow and under the limited visibility conditions after a stopover in www. The construction of the fourth PAK FA flying prototype had been finished by late autumn last year.

during factory tests. PAK FA’s fourth flying prototype. under which three prototypes have been flown here. The third flying PAK FA prototype’s flight test phase commenced at Sukhoi’s flight test station in Zhukovsky in mid-June 2012. Komsomolsk-on-Amur. the aircraft had been painted and T-50-4. Sukhoi’s test pilot Hero of Russia Sergei Bogdan took T-50-3 prototype for its maiden flight in Komsomolskon-Amur on 22 November 2011. which had logged only five sorties in Komsomolsk-on-Amur prior to its ferry flight to Zhukovsky. but owing to the novelty of the aircraft and possible adverse weather that might have necessitated diverting to a backup airfield that were few and far between en route. proved itself in the course of the long-distance flight.take-off.ru take-off february 2013 25 . Mention should be made that the new fighter. The PAK FA’s characteristics allow such a long flight to be made with fewer stopovers. the T-50-4 will soon join the flight test programme. with all of its systems operating like clockwork and the pilot being quite pleased with his aircraft.military aviation | programme Chelyabinsk (Shagol airfield). Following three sorties under the factory acceptance programme. December 2012 www. Having arrived to Sukhoi’s flight test facility in Zhukovsky. a decision was made against unnecessary risk.

other advanced avionic systems. The fourth flying PAK FA getting ready for long-range ferry flight to Zhukovsky. the T-50-2 is also used for research into stability. In mid-June. It had spent about a year. the T-50-3 has flown about 30 test sorties. Once the bugs had been troubleshot. The tests involved a Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-78 tanker plane. which was recorded on camera from onboard the Su-25UB escort aircraft furnished by the Defence Ministry’s State Flight Test Centre. According to a Sukhoi news release. the T-50-2. According to an official statement by Sukhoi.take-off. the plane was cleared for a check flight. 17 January 2013 airlifted by an An-124 Ruslan heavy-lifter to Zhukovsky on 28 December 2011. Test pilot Sergei Bogdan on the T-50-2 performed a series of approaches to the tanker and nine hook-ups with the refuelling drogue (the so-called dry refuelling) on a single sortie. To date. The AESA radar was turned on and tested in several operating modes during another test flight of the T-50-3 on 24 July. controllability and strength within a wide subsonic and supersonic speed bracket in various configurations. Komsomolsk-on-Amur. it was tested on the ground against an aerial target in the form of the Su-27M (side number 710) that had been used as a flying testbed for testing the PAK FA’s engine in 2010.ru . Sukhoi started testing the T-50-2 for in-flight refuelling. “the early tests of the radar’s airto-air and air-to-surface modes onboard the T-50-3 prototype have produced good stable results on a par with the performance of the best existing aircraft. and the aircraft with its systems performed as expected. has been undergoing improvements in the run-up to high-g and flying restriction tests.military aviation | programme Sergey Lysenko T-50-4 approaching Gromov LII Flight Research Institute airfield in snowfall. Early in August 2012. In addition to trying the AESA radar. mostly to test the AESA radar and other avionics. It conducted its fist flight on 3 March 2011 with Sergei Bogdan at the controls. having logged over 80 sorties. First. undergoing improvements since the unveiling at the MAKS 2011 air show in August 2011. Work has begun to test the optical channels”. will be tested on this aircraft. Approaches to refining these capabilities have been proven. and its taxiing and running tests began. the T-50-2 was carried to Zhukovsky. The second flying prototype. the aircraft was for the first time equipped with an AESA radar prototype developed by the Tikhomirov-NIIP institute. The aircraft had been assembled and its systems had been debugged and ground-tested at Sukhoi’s flight test facility in Zhukovsky for five months. 15 January 2013 26 take-off february 2013 www. In particular. A month later. and Sergei Bogdan took it to the sky at the Gromov Flight Test Institute airfield on 21 June 2012. and it has flown in the Moscow Region since mid-August 2011. the T-50-3 was rolled out to the airfield. and the radar’s operation as part of the avionic suite was tested. The first prototype is being used in the trials too. The check flight took about an hour. which have not been mounted on the earlier prototypes yet. The AESA radar continued its tests in July.

(HAL) were appointed prime contractors. with all of them to be single-seaters. who was the chief of the IAF Air Staff during 2009–11. in October 2012. Yuri Vashchuk. The programme was officially launched by the signature of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental agreement on the co-development and co-production of the future fifth-generation fighters in Moscow on 18 October 2007. Victor Bondarev said in January that the PAK FA in 2013 would start its official tests at the Defence Ministry’s Flight Test Centre in Akhtubinsk. The construction of the six prototypes will be followed by the manufacture of a low-rate initial production batch for operational evaluation and then by full-rate production. The key matters pertinent to the co-development and co-production of the advanced aircraft were agreed during the negotiations held. while the third one in 2019.5 billion for the Russian and Indian parties each).take-off. However. read Rosoboronexport’s official statement released on the occasion. may become the major programme as part of the Russian-Indian cooperation in the sphere of aviation in the near future and in a longer term. The second example is to follow in 2017. and Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik. During then-President Dmitry Medvedev visit to New Delhi. The latter will likely meet all IAF requirements and become the standard design for full-rate production. Rosoboronexport and HAL made a contract for the devising of a preliminary design of the fifth-generation Prospective Multirole Fighter on 21 December 2010. which is also known in India as FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft). with due account of the Indian requirements. Provision is made for cooperative marketing of the aircraft in third countries”. IAF’s Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne told Indian magazine India Strategic in an interview that the number of the fighters planned for procurement had been reduced to 144 aircraft. supersonic cruising speed. about 60 production-standard PAK FAs are planned for fielding during 2016–20. The Russian-Indian nextgeneration warplane programme implies both its joint financing and the aircraft’s co-production at Sukhoi’s and HAL’s facilities. A little earlier. internal carriage of weapons and the feasibility of a centralised electronic warfare system. the influential Indian newspaper The Times of India ran a big article on the drafting of a contract on the Russian-Indian PMF fighter development work.-Gen. who performed the maiden flights on the four prototypes being tested. including 166 singleseaters and 48 twin-seaters – and confirmed that they intended to start taking delivery in 2017. The Indian press reported at the time that the Prospective Multirole Fighter was to be developed by 2017. a highly integrated avionics suite. and its first flight in the wake of the modification took place in Zhukovsky on 11 September 2012. In turn. This year. the contract had not been signed yet). It had performed more than 80 sorties by now. The fighter is being derived from the Russian PAK FA Future Tactical Fighter in line with Indian technical requirements. with the production facilities supposed to be launched in Nasik by 2020. Sukhoi’s personnel had gone to India several times to visit HAL. the deliveries will continue past 2020. The preparation of the T-50-1 for extreme angle-of-attack and supermanoeuvrability test flights had been completed by last autumn. Sergei Kostin and Taras Artsebarsky. According to the newspaper. The aircraft is being co-developed by Russian and Indian specialists on the basis of Russia’s PAK FA. take-off february 2013 www. From Russian PAK FA to Russian-Indian PMF It looks like the programme on the joint development and production of the Prospective Multirole Fighter (PMF). It will be followed by the sixth example. T-50-5 is in assembly at the plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Obviously. the value of the contract for the PMF preliminary design signed in December 2010 and submitted to the customer last summer is $295 million and the value of the current development contract is estimated at as many as $11 billion ($5. “The contract is the beginning of the practical development of the Russian-Indian fighter”. a year later. the fifth aircraft is to join the trials. an expanded situational awareness system. The article reported that the PMF programme had reached a crucial stage and might turn into India’s largest defence programme with is price tag estimated at about $35 billion in the coming 20 years. IAF command published more specific information about the number of Prospective Multirole Fighters to be ordered – a total of 214 aircraft. According to the media. The RusAF commander Lt. Now. Indian delegations had paid numerous visits to Russia during several months since then – both to the Sukhoi design bureau in Moscow and the plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur where the construction of the early T-50 prototypes had been under way since December 2007. said the Indian MoD was going to order “up to 250 fifth-generation fighters”. which had been planned before. they are Roman Kondratyev. high manoeuvrability. on 19 August 2012. The newspaper reports that the first PMF prototype will be made in Russia and may be handed over to HAL Ozar facility in Nasik for tests as early as 2014. The programme also makes provision for the designing and development of a twoseat version of the aircraft and the introduction of advanced engines featuring enhanced thrust.ru 27 . The 100th test flight under the PAK FA test programme was performed in November 2011. In October 2011. Sukhoi and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. As many as five Sukhoi test pilots have been flying the T-50s: in addition to Sergei Bogdan. The reduction and the rejection of the two-seat version. with the contract expected for signing in late 2012 or early 2013 (when this issue went to press. the first planes are planned for entering service with IAF in 2020.military aviation | programme The T-50-1 first flew in Komsomolsk-onAmur on 29 January 2010 (it has flown in Zhukovsky since April 2010). were due to the attempts to slash the cost of the programme. Sukhoi reported in February 2011: “The PMF programme includes the designing and development of a new-generation fighter to feature such advanced characteristics as low observability. with the 200th flight took place in January 2013.

we have got two T-50s. The Bars electronically scanned array radar fits IAF’s Su-30MKI fighter fleet of more than 150 aircraft of the type. we made the fourth AESA radar set. and the radar was fit for continued flight tests that are to resume in the nearest future. The T-50-4 flew for the first time in December 2012 and conducted a ferry flight to Zhukovsky in mid-January. Having used late last year’s scheduled TO SEE FIRST MEANS TO WIN Interview of Tikhomirov-NIIP Director General Yuri Bely improvements of the aircraft. no improvements were required. Overall. In the run-up to the Aero India 2013 air show in Bangalore. with all of these warplanes being equipped with improved radars from Tikhomirov-NIIP. But I would like to emphasise that the AESA radar programme is on schedule. The third flying prototype of the aircraft has logged a number of test sorties to test the advanced radar that has demonstrated stable operation in all modes. www. Bely. One of them. It was sent to Komsomolsk-on-Amur where it was mounted on the fourth PAK FA flying prototype and tested on it on the ground. Tikhomirov-NIIP radars are known well in India. we dismounted the radar from it and checked it out on a test bench of ours: its AESA’s operability and characteristics remained unchanged. with the trials having produced unique results. The key result achieved is the stable operation of the AESA radar in all air-to-air and air-to-surface modes from the outset. most of which had been completely successful. the chief designer’s rig. how are things with the development of the AESA radar for the fifth-generation fighter? What are the early results produced by its flight tests? Early last year. Test pilots praise our radar too. the third AESA radar prototype was tested and tuned at TikhomirovNIIP’s test rigs and handed over to the Sukhoi company that installed it in the PAK FA’s third flying prototype brought to Zhukovsky from Komsomolsk-on-Amur in late 2011 for flight tests. The other one is being used for tuning more radar sets before mounting them on follow-on aircraft. The radar for the advanced Russian-Indian fifthgeneration fighter known as Perspective Multirole Fighter (PMF) is being derived from the AESA radar designed for the PAK FA.ru 28 take-off february 2013 . The radar’s flight trials began in July 2012 following the round test cycle on board an aircraft. the fifth AESA radar is almost complete at Tikhomirov-NIIP and will soon be shipped to Komsomolsk-on-Amur for installation in the fifth flying prototype of the PAK FA. It is designed for preliminary ground tests. Timely delivery of more AESA radar sets to the customer is ensured through the institute having two test rigs. At the same time. in the flight trials.military aviation | interview Last year.take-off. the Takeoff had met Tikhomirov-NIIP Director General Yuri Bely and asked him about the key achievements of the company he leads in 2012 and about the prospects of the cooperation with India. we are satisfied with the results produced but realise full well that a lot has remains to be done. with the contracts signed to boost the number to 272 over time. Thus. the Tikhomirov-NIIP research institute launched the flight tests of an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar on board the Sukhoi PAK FA Future Tactical Aircraft. Last year. the institute’s personnel are participating in the official trials of the Su-35S multirole fighter fitted with the productionstandard Irbis passive electronically scanned array radar. Mr. The success in the development of the Irbis and the AESA radar predetermined the choice of Tikhomirov-NIIP in 2012 as developer of the radars to fit upgraded and future long-range bombers. Approximately 20 AESA radar test sorties had been flown by year-end 2012. At present. Another radar set is being manufactured as well. fitted with our radars. In addition. is being used for testing the AESA radar prototype to enhance its operating envelope as well as introduce advanced operating modes and improved software packages. last year saw the completion of the governmental test programmes on the upgraded MiG-31BM interceptor and upgraded Su-27SM(3) fighter and the Russian Defence Ministry taking delivery of the first Su-30SM multirole fighters. with the schedule having been approved by the customer and the produced results meeting all expectations.

the fight trials involving the Su-35 fighter produced the unique aerial target acquisition results – much more than 400 km! This is the unrivalled achievement of the world’s aircraft NIIP AESA prototype take-off february 2013 29 . our part of it – the AESA radar. We enjoy an undeniable priority in this respect. The deliveries of production-standard aircraft will have gone on for several years to come. it makes sense to do it after the AESA radar for the Perspective Multirole Fighter is tested so that to build on the expertise gained from the efforts. To date. was completed late last year. given the contracts concluded. furnished with the improved Zaslon radar and an advanced cockpit display system at the backseater’s combat station) have been fielded with combat units. designed for IAF Su-30MKIs. but the contract has not been signed yet. As is known. the Bars is supposed to be refined while retaining its current array. Obviously. Earlier radars fitting the early-batch Su-30MKIs will be given relevant improvements in due time. the Bars’s array is to be replaced with an AESA. successful launches of new long. etc. Tikhomirov-NIIP developed the Zaslon way back in the ‘70s. As you know. In parallel with ramping up the production of the Yak-130 combat trainer that lacks a radar so far. Series deliveries of the radars of the type are performed by our longtime partner. having incorporated all software improvements and implementation of all operating modes under the contract. the Russian Defence Ministry and Irkut struck two deals for a total of 60 Su-30SM aircraft. and aircraft upgraded this way will start fielding with line units too. Last year. Initially. What is the status of the programme? Indeed. A further IAF Su-30MKI-intended Bars upgrade programme has been under discussion for several years now. Such versions could use a radar that should be lightweight and small enough. with the improvements to include extended range. hence. The Bars-130 could be used in advanced versions of the Yak-130 combat trainer. and the export deliveries of the type kicked off in 2011. The official tests report is to be approved in the near future. Now. Irkut is pondering approaches to further development of the plane as a light strike aircraft. The MiG-31BMs upgraded in Phase I (i. Will you dwell on the Irbis radar that is surely the summit of the passive electronically scanned radar technology? You are right. In November. As is known.) in May 2012.military aviation | interview It is an open secret that the AESA radar we are developing to fit the PAK FA will serve the basis for development of the radar system of the Russian-Indian PMF fifth-generation fighter. with the Su-30SM being a Su-30MKI derivawww. Malaysia and Algeria) have operated over 200 Su-30MKI family fighters equipped with Bars radars. has passed its tests.and mediumrange air-to-air missiles crowned the Phase II trials. The Zaslon became the world’s first airborne phased-array radar. the Bars radar designed for the Su-30MKI fighter family has earned international recognition. In December 2012.e. a light fighter aircraft. the Irbis is second to none in the world. What about your ‘firstborn’ among the electronically scanned array radars – the Zaslon designed for the MiG-31 interceptor? Is its upgrade complete? The official test programme of the upgraded MiG-31BM interceptor. with specific subsystems being discussed now. indeed. What is the state of affairs of your work on passive electronically scanned array radars? The Bars radar equipping the planes of the Su-30MKI family has become well known in the world. but able to perform a wide range of tasks as part of air and ground target seeking and acquisition. Then. Next on the agenda is the signature of a contract for the development work. In addition. terrain mapping. Another milestone of last year was that two sets of the Russian Bars version designed for fitting the first two Su-30SM fighters of the Russian Air Force were delivered to the Irkutsk Aviation Plant (a subsidiary of the Irkut Corp. As is known. the State Ryazan Instrumentmaking Plant that also assists the Indians in having the Bars productionised by local companies. Last year. Last year. The Indians are supposed to develop and manufacture some of the subsystems of the fighter’s radar system. higher resolution and the ability to support the use of advanced weapons. carrying the Zaslon electronically scanned radar improved by Tikhomirov-NIIP and new weapons. which are being mulled over by the Yakovlev design bureau. as far as its test-proven characteristics are concerned. the development of the AESA radar system for the Perspective Multirole Fighter will shift into high gear. the first two Su-30SMs were handed over to the Defence Ministry for participation in the official test programme. a decision has been made in principle a long time ago. production-standard Yak-130s have been delivered to RusAF since 2010. Tikhomirov-NIIP has been selected as prime contractor for the radar to fit the PMF. the experience gained from the Bars development was used last year in devising the Bars-130 light radar proposal ordered by the Irkut Corp. the Bars is entering service with our Air Force as well. Production-standard Bars radars assembled both in Ryazan and in India are supplied to the customer in this version now. the air forces of three countries (India. As soon as the contract is signed. there was a review of the draft design of the aircraft and. the Bars radar in the final configuration. etc. and the number of the aircraft carrying radars of the type will have totalled 400 in several years.take-off.ru tive intended for RusAF.

This line of work is new to us. the radar has to take tactical tests involving launches of various weapons. the first upgraded Tu-22M3s and Tu-160s equipped with our radars will commence their trials as soon as 2014. which is ‘To see first means to win’. We have worked out a draft design for Irbis versions earmarked for the Tupolev aircraft and are preparing the paperwork for launching the development work. As is known. In conclusion. Commencing the development of a radar for the Long-Range Aviation aircraft. The order for deriving an electronically scanned array radar from the Irbis as part of the upgrade of the Tupolev Tu-22M3 and Tu-160 long-range bomber fleets. Next goes the issuance of the preliminary report in the wake of the official tests of the Su-35 equipped with the Irbis and the record-setting characteristics of the radar. Su-35. I hope that the expertise gleaned from the work on the Tupolev bombers and our successful development of the AESA radar for the PAK FA will guarantee our success in landing the order for the development of the radar system to fit the PAK DA Future Long-Range Aircraft. now the number of carriers is growing. The radar’s basic characteristics have been proven by flight tests. which was awarded to us last year.take-off. and the delivery of production-standard Irbis-equipped fighters to the Russian Defence Ministry begun. We. export sales of the Su-35 equipped with our Irbis-E are being looked into. Based on the outcome of the official tests of the Su-35S. NIIP Irbis phased array radar 30 take-off february 2013 www. at Tikhomirov-NIIP.ru . Su-30 and its derivatives. is a kind of recognition of the top-notch performance of the Irbis. with eight more delivered during 2012. there is the successful official trials of the upgraded MiG-31BM and Su-27SM(3) fighters fitted with our upgraded radars. Finally. In addition. continue to adhere to the motto of our company. Thus. for we have never developed radars for long-range bombers yet. the lessons learnt from the Irbis development makes us hopeful that we will reach the objective. Skipping ahead. a preliminary report was signed last year. While we used to make radars for fighters only (MiG-31. which production was launched at the State Ryazan Instrument-making Plant with Tikhomirov-NIIP’s support. However. I would highlight the beginning of the flight tests of the AESA radar designed for the PAK FA and the stable operation of the radar in the course of the trials. Su-27. All of them are fitted with production-standard Irbis radars. 2012 was rich in events as far as our company is concerned. Now. the scope of the work being done by Tikhomirov-NIIP is increasing. in the first place. PAK FA) as far as airborne radars are concerned. which of the results produced by Tikhomirov-NIIP last year seem to you the most important ones? Overall. The deliveries are not likely to be limited to the number or the deadline. Then. The first two production-standard fighters were delivered late in 2011.military aviation | interview Andrey Fomin Bars phased array radar radar industry. the governmental contract stipulates the construction of 48 Su-35S aircraft for RusAF throughout 2015. I believe that the application of Tikhomirov-NIIP radars will range all the way from the lightweight Yak-130 to the heavy Tu-160 in the near future. If all goes to plan. working out the proposals for the Bars-130 lightweight small-size radar designed to fit aircraft in the Yak-130’s class. Completing the testing of the upgraded Bars designed for the Su-30MKI and launching the deliveries of such radars to RusAF as part of Su-30SM fighters.

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150 orders fall on aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engines and 35 on those equipped with Russian-made PD-14s (this contract was placed by the Rostec state corporation in June 2012 in support of governmental customers). 7. Last year saw a number of key milestones passed: prototype components of the advanced airliner were manufactured and submitted for tests concurrently with the devising of its working design documents. etc. TsAGI has four prototypes of the wing box of the MC-21 composite wing. The tests being run by TsAGI are supposed to prove that any kind of damage to the wing will not grow in size and affect flight safety. The landing gear and engine hinge brackets have been tested too. the order became optional.take-off. The MC-21’s empennage shall be composite too. the MC-21 orderbook comprises 185 orders now.000 flights had been simulated at a test bench during the first phase of the endurance tests. frequency and static tests all the way to the maximal loading and disintegration. The work is under way on order by the AeroComposit close corporation in charge of the manufacture of the MC-21’s ‘black’ wing and empennage (AeroComposit’s production facilities in Ulyanovsk has been under way since late 2011). Aviastar plant in Ulyanovsk manufactured the first experimental module of the MC-21’s fuselage tail section in December 2012. which has allowed the strength of the metal/composite joints to be evalu- set of the carbon-filled plastic tail unit expected to kick off its tests this year is being manufactured in Ulyanovsk. According to Irkut’s official statements. Irkut assures that the MC-21 programme is on schedule. gauge the actual strength and survivability of structural areas and test the standard repair and test/ inspection methods.ru . In addition. The first and third wing box prototypes have been subjected to the rigidity. 32 take-off february 2013 www. approve the choice of the wing box’s structural layout. the Irkut corporation signed a number of important agreements with its key partners and suppliers under the programme last year. A five-year agreement with Jeppesen (a division of Boeing Flight Services) was on a service package in support of the MC-21 aircraft development. The composite wing box and centre wing section have been joined and sealed using a standard technology for the first time. The maiden flight of the MC-21 prototype is slated for mid-2015 and the completion of its certification by the IAC Aircraft Registry and the commencement of deliveries are planned for 2017. Andrey Fomin For instance. At the same time with performing the design and experimental work.000 test cycles will be conducted to prove the manufacturer’s useful life of 60. made by foreign companies Diamond and Fisher at the request of ated. The one with the Russian Agency for Export Credit and Investment Insurance was a memorandum on MC-21 export insurance cooperation. TsAGI scientists will perform experimental evaluation of the characteristics and properties of the AeroComposit close corporation. which had ordered 50 MC-21s in 2011. the launch customer is the Aeroflot (50-airliner contract with Rostec corporation was signed in 2011). After the change of the owner of Malaysian company Crecom Burj. including options. The ORPE Technologiya scientific and production company is the supplier of the composite elements of the experimental empennage. Plans provide for the fourth wing box prototype to be used for researching into the impact of climatic factors on the strength of composite components. An agreement with the Zodiac Aerospace Group was for the development of the interior.000 flights. The first experimental It was shipped to Riga for long-term endurance tests. after which examination and ultrasonic inspection of the pre-inflicted impact damage areas were held. the first phase of the endurance tests of the second MC-21 composite wing box was complete in the Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute (TsAGI) in December 2012. the wing box design.industry | news MC-21 development on schedule The MC-21 advanced short/medium-haul airliner remains the Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation’s and the Irkut corporation’s priority in the civil aviation field. Now. Based on the whole cycle of tests. Their strength tests have been run in TsAGi labs since summer 2011. avionics and primary power supply distribution system. Now. 300.

Nonetheless. www. In autumn 2012. the feasibility of the completion of their construction at present seems to be low because subcontractors are wrapping up the production of a number of Tu-154 components. the Tu-154M c/n 12A998 (RA-85042) has been delivered. Due to this. the test results produced are what the designers expected them to be. For a number of reasons. accurate calculation of the production capabilities. conduct of numerous tests. the last Tu-154 ever made over the 40-year-plus history of the airliner’s production in Samara.). Its delivery was time to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Air Force – on 8 August 2012. c/n 12A997) managed to fly for the first time only on 9 July 2012. if orders for them are placed. They can be completed. including those made using ‘critical’ technologies (hollow titanium fan blades. and the first of them (RA-85041. However. the engine demonstrator was assembled on schedule and passed its trials. provision has been made for installation of PD-14M engines on the future MTA medium airlifter being co-developed by Russia and India).take-off. According to Aviakor Director General Alexei Gusev. and its first test-rig start took place as soon as 9 June. This necessitated a drastically advanced. The open and enclosed test benches were reconstructed and re-equipped at the same time with the manufacture of the engine demonstrator. The PD-14 technology demonstrator development had been preceded by the development of the design and process flow documentation. preparation of test benches and laboratories. the company has a production backlog of four Tu-154M airframes in various states of completion. possibly. compressor blisks. the construction of the two Defence Ministry-ordered Tu-154Ms dragged its feet. According to Aviadvigatel JSC. Meanwhile. flight tests of a prototype PD-14 on board the Il-76LL flying testbed are slated for 2014. Given a check flight in December. the aircraft was ferried to its base – Chkalovsky AFB in the Moscow Region. According to Aviadvigatel Designer General and PD-14 programme manager Alexander Inozemtsev. It is the second of the two Tu-154M VIP aircraft ordered by the Russian Defence Ministry in November 2008 and. The trials proved the operability of all of its parts and units. etc. work is in full swing in Perm and at partner plants on making parts and units for the prototype batch. stringent compliance enforcement and prompt response to contingencies.ru take-off february 2013 33 . or the engine was fitted with about 2. The assembly of the PD-14 technology demonstrator was complete on 30 May 2012. By the end of the month. unique engine assembly technology. the engine passed its tests at an outdoor acoustical test bench using an antiturbulent air intake.industry | news PD-14: prototype engine manufacture begins The old year’s most important event in Russian air engine industry has been the assembly and testing of the technology demonstrator engine in Perm Valery Amotnik under the development programme on the family of new-generation PD-14 turbofan engines designed for powering the future MC-21 short/medium-haul airliner and other advanced and upgraded passenger and transport aircraft (particularly.000 special sensors. At present. Alexey Zakharov Last Tu-154M built? On 5 December 2012. productionising. All of the above had been completed on time owing to a large-scale cooperation of the subsidiaries of the United Engine Corporation (UEC). The tests were performed in compliance with the effective standards and with the use of the cutting-edge measuring and recording systems allowing real-time supervision of the tests both from the observer booth and from test engineer workstations. It has become the 885th Tu-154 manufactured since the launch of the type’s production in Samara and the 303rd aircraft in the Tu-154M version. preliminary development of each engine unit individually and core engine assembly and tests. Mention should be made that the design of the cutting-edge PD-14 is a radically novel one differing from the Perm-based developer’s earlier designs very much. The need to use a huge number of sensors introduced extra difficulties to the assembly process. RA-85042 is likely to become the last production-standard Tu-154M crowning the programme on the full-scale production of the airliner in Samara (the former city of Kuibyshev) that has been under way since 1969. monocrystal/intermetallic alloy turbine blades. Aviakor will continue to maintain and overhaul the inservice Tu-154B2s and Tu-154Ms in the coming years. Another phase of the PD-14 development will be the manufacture and tests of engine prototypes. a new Tupolev Tu-154M (RA-85042) took off from the Aviakor plant’s airfield in Samara on its first flight.

According to the Chinese officials. The ministry’s air arm has been operating six Be-200ChS amphibians. efforts are being made to obtain the clearance of the US Air Tanker Board. the French ones in the first place. In 2011.take-off. with its footage to be displayed on the pilot’s HUD. Such a system has been tested on the Be-200 prototype (side number 21512) and. including thick smoke. They were assembled and check-flown in Irkutsk during 2010–11 and then modified in Taganrog to meet a more accurate requirements specification issued by the customer. the government ordered from Beriev six more Be-200ChS amphibians for delivery to the Russian Emergencies Ministry in 2013–14.industry | news Be-200: first local production aircraft under assembly in Taganrog The full-rate production and sales of Be-200 amphibians are a priority of Beriev company. The fifth production-standard aircraft made in Irkutsk (c/n 203) was delivered to the Azeri Emergencies Ministry in April 2008. 201 and 202) were made and delivered to the customer by the Irkutsk Aviation Plant of the Irkut corporation. The Be-200’s cockpit can be fitted with head-up displays (HUD) and an optical monitor camera. in Asia. have displayed their interest in the Be-200 too. It served the basis for the Be-200ChS derivative designed for the Russian Emergencies Ministry that was the launch customer for the plane. Four of them (c/n 101. Above the windscreen. European fire fighters. Another line of refining the Be-200’s avionics will be the use of advanced technologies to spot forest fires and put them out from the air in poor visibility conditions. a contract is being in the pipeline for eight amphibians of the Be-200 family aircraft to the Russian Defence Ministry. at the customer’s request. As is known. the Be-200 amphibian’s baseline model is designed for suppressing forest fires by airdropping water or an extinguisher onto flame bases. The Federal Forestry Protection Agency’s air branch known as Avialesookhrana may join the ranks of the customers for amphibians made in Taganrog too. its potential buy- ers – those in India and Southeast Asian countries in the first place – are interested in its maritime patrol and SAR capabilities In this field. In 2007. and an important advantage of the Be-200ChS is that it has been certificated in Russia and the EU. 102. Beriev Alexey Mikheyev In addition to the delivery of amphibians to the Russian Emergencies Ministry. Beriev is working on wooing new customers all over the world. 34 take-off february 2013 www. The assembly of the first of the Beriev-built Be-200ChS (c/n 303) is in full swing now. they have been looking into the feasibility of updating their firefighter aircraft fleet and operating a Be-200 in China in 2013 for the purpose of evaluating its performance and drawing up a plan of further cooperation. The IAC Aircraft Registry certificated the amphibian as compliant with the AP-25 aviation rules in 2003. a Beriev delegation and Chinese officials met at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai to discuss the use and acquisition of Be-200 planes. Finally. The Be-200’s fire-fighting capabilities could be in demand on the other side of the globe. For instance. Beriev’s cooperation with Italian company SELEX Galileo in fitting the Be-200 with its ATOS Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance System looks very promising. In line with Beriev’s general strategy designed to promote the Be-200 amphibian on foreign markets. and the Be-200 programme is facing new vistas. The clearance of the Be-200 as compliant with the board’s standards will pave the way for the Russian plane to the North American forest fire-fighting market. there may be an infrared camera installed. the Russian Emergencies Ministry took delivery of two more new Be-200ChS’s c/n 301 and 302 from Beriev this time around.ru Beriev . and the manufacture of fuselage parts of the second aircraft (c/n 304) has begun. the Be-200ES-E received a supplemental type certificate clearing it for hauling 43 passengers on medium-haul lines and for basing both at airfields and on water. can be installed in both in-construction and in-service amphibians. In addition to the amphibian’s fire-fighting role. In May 2011. EASA issued the Be-200ES with the European type certificate in September 2010.

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has been given a new structural layout – the wing panel became a one-piece job using long-measuring panels with riveted stringers. This allowed a sizeable reduction in structural weight and an increase in terms of manufacturability.5 billion). on 4 October. including several tanker planes.000 km to 5. there would be high demand for the Il-76 on the part of Russian users as well. the aircraft have seen an increase in its range from 4. The transfer of the Il-76’s production to Russia was caused by the snags hit by the implementation of the September 2005 contract for 38 Il-76MDs. the Defence Ministry in the first place.000 km with the 52-t payload. Since 1972.take-off. According to participants in the event. Owing to the new wing and reinforced undercarriage. country. the engine had been tested on Il-76MF and Il-76MD-90 prototypes) and a heavy update of its avionics suite. the Russians weighed the pros and cons and opted for having the Il-76 productionised in Russia. the Il-76’s production had been produced in Uzbekistan by the Tashkent Aircraft Production Corp. For instance. In addition. The demonstration flight was followed by the signing of the contract for 39 production-standard Il-76MD-90As to be built in Ulyanovsk for the Russian Defence Ministry. the airlifter’s maximum takeoff weight has grown from 190 t of the TAPC-built production-standard Il-76MD to 210 t. for China. with the contract having been awarded to TAPC by Rosoboronexport. The Il-76’s basic upgrades included the replacement of its engines with more powerful and more efficient PS-90A-76 turbofans made in Perm (by then. To avoid dependence on the manufacturer sitting in a foreign. Owing to the 12% fuel efficiency increase of its PS-90A-76. The governmental resolution on the development and productionising of the upgraded Il-76 in the city of Ulyanovsk was issued on 20 December 2006. it became obvious that in addition to future commercial orders. At the same time. including the introduction of the ‘glass cockpit’. The new airlifter’s first flight took place in Ulyanovsk on 22 September 2012. since Russian ministries and other governmental agencies alone will have needed at least hundred aircraft of the type until the end of the decade. Two weeks later. built in Russia (until recently. with the length of the run www. with the total value of the deal being almost 140 billion rubles (around $4. the aircraft was shown in flight to the authoritative governmental delegation led by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The contract has become the launch order for the Il-76MD-90A and is expected to be followed by more orders.ru 36 take-off february 2013 . at the Aviastar plant in Ulyanovsk. this has been the most lucrative deal on aircraft acquisition for the Russian Air Force over the post-Soviet years. and the number of the wing spars dropped from three to two.industry | programme Andrey FOMIN Photos provided by UAC ILYUSHIN UNDERGOING TESTS Last autumn saw the start of the flight tests of the upgraded Il-76MD-90A (‘476’) transport aircraft prototype made by the Aviastar-SP close corporation in Ulyanovsk – the first aircraft of the Ilyushin Il-76 family. several considerable design and technological improvements have been introduced too. 476 The aircraft developed almost 40 years ago was to be upgraded heavily and its design documentation was to be digitized. The greater thrust allowed an improvement in its takeoff and landing performance. the wing. It turned out that the financial standing of TAPC and the financial conditions proposed would not allow the deal to pan out. the previous Il-76 versions were made in Uzbekistan). albeit friendly. essentially worked out anew in the form of 3D digital models. while its maximum payload has increased from 47 t to 60 t. which retained its airfoil section and outline. named after Valery Chkalov (TAPC) that had built a total of almost 900 aircraft of the type over four decades.

Hero of Russia Nikolai Kuimov took the Il-76MD-90A for its maiden flight. on 1 October 2011. and the roll-out ceremony for the Il-76MD-90A (c/n 01-02) took place on 15 December 2011. Aviastar set up a separate shop on the th plant’s premises of the aggregate assembly p facility. and 4 October saw the Il-76MD-90A’s presentation to Russian President Vladimir Putin on a visit to Ulyanovsk for a meeting on the governmental acquisition of Russian-made aircraft. Aviaagregat JSC. Tekhpribor JSC. The upgraded aircraft has been designated as Il-76MD-90A and given the index 476 (for this reason. Gidroagregat JSC. To speed up the construction of the first flying prototype. The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade ordered the construction of the first two prototypes. though the designation is unofficial). the Ilyushin Aviation Complex JSC. In addition to the prime developer. The traditional ‘steam-gauge’ instruments in the cockpit have Il-76MD-90A just landed after its maiden flight. 22 September 2012 www. Ulyanovsk. on Saturday. The TA-6A auxiliary powerplant was replaced with the more advanced TA-12A to enhance the operating characteristics. Valery Grechko (navigator). 22 September 2012.g. the aircraft was prepared for its flight tests after the ground debugging of its new avionics. p was placed with the Aviastar-SP close corw poration on 15 March 2007 and the one for p the manufacture of the first flying prototype th (c/n 01-02) on 30 September 2009. the empennage.ru take-off february 2013 37 .600 600 m m. wing high-lift devices and wingtips set was ordered from TAPC that had a virtually completed backlog.750 750 m to 1 1. the Perm Engine Company. The diminishing from 1 1. The first engine run took place on 13 September. Two and a half months before that. it is called Il-476 sometimes. Moscow Region. Aviastar kicked off the assembly of the first components and compartments under the 476 programme in 2009. c/n 01-01 designed for endurance tests. The flying prototype’s assembly had been complete by year-end 2011. The A order for the construction of the first examo ple.industry | programme given way to the KSEIS integrated electronic display and warning system comprising eight colour multifunction liquid-crystal displays (MFD). at about 15. Alexander Tsvetkov (electric systems operator) and Alexei Mitin (cargo compartment operator). and the first Il-76MD-90A registered as RA-78650 was unveiled late in August during the MATF 2012 International Air Transport Forum at Ulyanovsk-Vostochny airport.take-off. Alexei Zhuravlyov (flight engineer) and Sergei Orlov (flight radio operator) as well as Vladimir Lysyagin (flight test engineer). and a week later. the flying prototype of Aircraft 476 returned to the assembly shop to complete the systems assembly and shop tests. The Kupol-II analogue flight navigation system has been ousted by the digital Kupol-III-76M(A). a wide range of contractors has taken part in the upgrade. etc. The crew consisted of Honoured Test Pilot Vladimir Irinarkhov (co-pilot). MIEA JSC.30 an Ilyushin test pilot crew led by Honoured Test Pilot. wing centre box and wing panels – a structural component set for the endurance prototype (c/n 01-01) – was delivered from Ulyanovsk to Zhukovsky. e. The plane’s handover to the plant’s flight test facility took place early in July of this year. Kotlin-Novator close corporation. for static tests in TsAGI. Following the rollout in December last year. Finally. the F2 fuselage section. and UAC – Transport tw Aircraft JSC acted as prime contractor. The components ordered were brought to Ulyanovsk in April 2011. The new aircraft’s second flight was on the morning of 28 September. The advanced BPSN-2 satnav system has made its way onboard the airlifter too. The first two aircraft were being fa assembled in Ulyanovsk as portions of the a digitised design documentation arrived from Ilyushin. To make (c them. and the SAU-1T-2B analogue automatic flight control system has been replaced with the digital SAU-76 allowing ICAO Category II landing approaches and RNP and RVSM navigation. Electroprivod JSC.

“The event we have witnessed today is not a mere flight of the revitalised Il-76 aircraft. medevac.take-off. “I have every reason to thank and congratulate the Designer General and plant Director. We have got an advanced aircraft featuring cutting-edge characteristics in terms of reliability. The contract will not be the only one signed by the Defence Ministry.e. more than 3. Therefore. the 2020 State Armament Acquisition Programme provides for procurement of “more than 100” Il-76MD-90As in several versions. In addition. i. it is to fly to Ilyushin’s flight test facility in Zhukovsky. because the aircraft features a widest range of applications”. we need to consolidate other customers. the first stage of the Il-76MD-90A’s official tests. Aviastar plant is manufacturing the first three production-standard Il-76MD-90A airlifters. the President’s chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said: “This is the largest contract the Russian aircraft industry has ever seen”. attended by Vladimir Putin. is to be completed in the third quarter of 2012. but a lot has to be done Il-76MD-90A prototype in its second flight. Then there was the ceremony of signing the launch contract for 39 Il-76MD-90A aircraft for the Russian Defence Ministry. This test aircraft made in 2005 on the basis of the Il-76MD (c/n 81-05) built in 1991 was used for testing the advanced powerplant consisting of four PS-90A-76 turbofan engines as well as new avionics now used in the Il-76MD-90As made in Ulyanovsk. Ilyushin JSC Director General/Designer General Victor Livanov said: “The congratulation by President Vladimir Putin imposes on us a high responsibility. with the deliveries to begin in 2014. which were conducted with success in 2011. One prototype will be enough for this purpose. 22 December 2012 further down the line: we are to test and productionise the aircraft – both the baseline model and a whole range of its derivatives. Sergei Ivanov told the media in the wake of the meeting in Ulyanovsk. “Now. According to Aviastar-SP Director General Sergei Dementyev. which includes 50 test sorties. Vladimir Putin said. airborne assault and freighter roles. the President concluded. After the event was over. “It can operate in the fire-fighting. www. Today. which development has been assigned to Beriev company. Moscow Region. Meanwhile.5 billion rubles (around $115 million) per aircraft. will be taken in consideration. Office of the President. the first flying prototype of the Il-76MD-90A was painted late in December last year. According to Ilyushin Designer General Victor Livanov. At present. Their construction commenced as far back as 2010 under the contract with UAC – Transport Aircraft. Ministry of the Interior. According to Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin. we have actually witnessed the final stage of its development”. this is a drastically new aircraft upgraded by 70%. The move was planned for late January or early February 2013. The deliveries under the contract will have taken place from 2014 to 2020. because the official trials of the upgraded Il-76MD-90 (RA-78854) aircraft. range. The company’s production plan provides for a gradual increase in the annual Il-76MD-90A output all the way to 18 aircraft per annum in 2018. two of them are to be completed as soon as this year. Federal Security Service. efficiency and lifting capacity.ru 38 take-off february 2013 . Essentially. As was reported in the press. the Il-76MD-90A shall serve the basis for an advanced tanker plane intended to succeed the in-service Il-78M and for several specialised aircraft. The contract’s value stands at 140 billion rubles (about $4.industry | programme President was pleased with what he had seen: Nikolai Kuimov’s crew flew the new aircraft on a short but spectacular sortie. Transport Ministry and several other governmental agencies should form a pool of customers within a month and work out a line of credit stipulating a proactive use of leasing arrangements”. where its flight tests will continue. Registration has been already changed from RA-78650 to 78650 Ilyushin 476 first flying prototype being painted at Spektr-Avia JSC. other governmental customers are expected to place orders for the Il-76MD-90A in the coming years. and the whole of the team who have worked hard to achieve this stage of the development of a new Russian transport aircraft. We have passed an important stage. the Emergencies Ministry.5 billion). 28 September 2012. Once it has completed a series of ground tests and fixes. I am certain that the aircraft will be in demand both in this country and with our possible partners abroad”. We are certain that the Il-76MD-90A aircraft is facing new vistas”.

with 60-t payload . wheeled or armoured vehicles on the ground.500 l/min to refuel simultaneously up to four aircraft. but abroad as well.000 210 170 60 www.take-off.600 187. km: .ru take-off february 2013 39 .1 6 D-30KP-2 4 x 12. and the Il-76MK-90 may become a good choice.with 48-t payload . its derivative Il-78MK-90 tanker plane was used by Rosoboronexport JSC to bid in a tender held by the Indian MoD that has operated six Il-78MKI tankers built in Tashkent and delivered in 2003–05. Il-76MD-90A first flying prototype (c/n 01-02) under final assembly at Aviastar plant. airborne command post and AEW&C versions. m Fuel efficiency. IAF’s advanced tanker plane requirements are estimated at 12 aircraft.750 9. December 2012 Comparative data of Il-76MD-90A and production-standard Il-76MD Il-76MD Engines Takeoff thrust. According to the Indian media.800 4. the first six of them will be Airbus A330MRTTs.000 190 151. m Takeoff run with max take-off weight. The multifunction capability of the baseline Il-76MD-90A platform enables it to derive fire-fighting.250 1.000 5.700 780–800 2.industry | programme The United Aircraft Corporation expects that the new Il-76MD-90A airlifter and its derivatives will be in demand not only in Russia. heavy vehicles and paratroops. kgf Maximum take-off weight. For instance.4 7 4. t Maximum payload weight. but no decision has been made on the other six yet.300 750–780 2. if need be. for this reason. g/tonne-km Crew – 3.5 48 Il-76MD-90A PS-90A-76 4 x 16. t Range. the Il-78MK-90’s obvious advantages include its ability to be quickly converted by its ground crew into a fullfledged airlifter for quick redeployment and airdrop of cargo. According to official information released by Rosoboronexport. flying hospital.empty Cruising speed. It is also important that unlike the Il-76MD and Il-78MKI aircraft earlier supplied to India. there will be no problem with dispersing the tanker planes throughout the airfield network.300 6. it can use more than 80% of the Indian runways and.150 1. t Maximum landing weight. km/h Runway length required. The Il-78MK-90 can refuel planes with fuel of two types on a single sortie and distribute fuel on the ground at a rate of 1. June 2012 Airframe assembly of the first production Il-76MD-90A.with 40-t payload .500 9. the Il-76MD-90A and Il-78MK-90 can conduct unrestricted international commercial flights owing to their advanced powerplant based on efficient PS-90A-76 engines and to their upto-date avionics suites.750 232. Since the Il-78MK-90 can operate from both paved and unpaved airfields.

a modified engine FADEC and propfan control system was introduced as well as the TA-12-60 auxiliary power unit was ousted by the TA-18-200-70 one from the Aerosila scientific and production company in Stupino (Moscow region). The last. the tests of an upgraded An-70 prototype (c/n 01-02. reg. the first sortie tested the operation of the basic avionics and test data recorders and assessed the aircraft’s stability and controllability in the takeoff and landing configurations. The upgraded An-70’s preliminary test programme designed for 20 sorties was completed with success in December 2012. attended by Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov. The set of wings to fit the two aircraft was ordered from TAPC in Uzbekistan. with the pitch between the front and rear props increased by 300 mm. having taken part in the Aerosvit air show there on those days. The An-70 flew two more test flights in Gostomel on 29 and 30 September. It is the first of the two production-standard An-70s ordered by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry in 2004 and laid down by Antonov as far back as 2001. This resulted in noise reduction and propfan performance improvement. Antonov news release stressed: “The mathematical models and algorithms embodied in the aircraft control system and aircraft components remained the same. TV-type CRT displays were replaced with six colour multifunction liquid-crystal displays. which features an expanded operating conditions bracket. according to Antonov Designer General Dmitry Kiva’s www. This ensured the continuity with the earlier performed stages of the trials and guarantees the suitability of the results produced”. flight of the An-70 c/n 01-02 prior to the upgrade had taken place on 28 July 2010. The avionics suite underwent heavy upgrade owing to its transition to advanced electronic componentry and the need of accomplishing new missions in line with the customer’s requirements specified more accurately. The plane conducted its maiden flight on 27 September 2012 following its two-year-long upgrade. and the aircraft entered the final phase of its official trials. The aircraft flown by a crew led by Antonov test pilot Vladimir Mosin took off from Svyatoshin airfield in Kiev and landed at KievAntonov airfield in Gostomel 32 minutes later. The ball of the electrooptical system designed for night landing on unpaved airfields and round-the-clock airdrop operations appeared under the nose section. The fuselage was then moved to the final assembly shop. The other production An-70 c/n 01-05 is at the fuselage sections assembly stage. In addition.ru 40 take-off february 2013 . 625th. According to Vladimir Mosin. Antonov commenced the upgrade of the An-70’s avionics suite and powerplant in line with the specifications requirement approved by the Russian and Ukrainian defence ministries in August 2010. The first production-standard An-70 built in Kiev may be completed in 2014. which provides for 75 test sorties.industry | upgrade Vasily Koba Mikhail SUNTSOV UPGRADED AN-70 IN TRIALS On 21 December 2012. the fuselage of the first production-standard An-70 short takeoff and landing airlifter (c/n 01-04) was taken out of the stocks in a ceremony at the Antonov aircraft production plant in Kiev. Meanwhile. UR-NTK) continue in Kiev. The An-70 upgrade led to the replacement of the SV-27 propfans of the D-27 engines with more sophisticated ones. In the cockpit.take-off.

A decision on series acquisition of An-70 aircraft and. The An-70 is planned for productionising by a pool of Russian and Ukrainian companies. The final assembly site for the An-70s intended for the Russian Air Force Military Transport Command expecting about 60 aircraft of the type has been changed repeatedly in recent years. the fly-bywire system. 21 December 2012 Piotr Butowski Cockpit of the An-70 prototype after upgrade. but abstain from allocating money for the launching of An-70 assembly in Kazan so far. September 2012 Vasily Koba Upgraded An-70 prototype (c/n 01-02) during flight tests. The Russian Defence Ministry will bankroll the trials and completion of the first production-standard aircraft in Kiev. may cause a revision of the plans. which took place in November 2012.take-off.industry | upgrade statement made during the Aerosvit air show in September 2012. The D-27 engine co-production will be run by Motor Sich in Zaporozhye and Salut in Moscow. Vyacheslav Smigunov Fuselage of the first production An-70 being delivered to final assembly shop. the reshuffle of the leaders of the Russian Defence Ministry. the test programme is to be completed in May 2013. hence. with the plant possibly manufacturing up to 12 aircraft a year by the end of the decade. it was said that a decision on the An-70 procurement could be put on the back burner until the completion of the aircraft’s test programme. while Aerosila in Stupino will supply SV-27 propfans and TA-18-200-70 APUs. The flying and ground crews involved in the programme had been trained at Antonov’s Training Centre. on their production in Russia is expected to be made later this year based on the outcome of the An-70’s official test programme and talks with Ukraine about the intellectual property matters pertaining to the programme. Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev voiced the latest decision in June 2012. According to Dmitry Kiva. However. where an An-70 flight test stand was introduced. and checking their fail safety as well as for preparing pilots or various situation possible during the trials and for pilot training. particularly.ru take-off february 2013 41 . The stand is designed for testing aircraft systems. Early production An-70s were expected to be made in Kazan in 2015–16. At the late-December conference chaired by the new Russian defence minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and dedicated to the acquisition of advanced aircraft for the RusAF Military Transport Command. with the fuselage panels supposed to be supplied by the AvistarSP plant in Ulyanovsk and the wings and empennage by the Antonov plant in Kiev. December 2012 www. A new production facility was to be built on Gorbunov KAPO’s premises in Kazan.

c/n 42-01). The fourth and fifth An-148-100Es are planned for entering service with Angara in summer and autumn 2013 respectively. The air company had 10 crews trained last year to operate the new type. It first flew on 4 October 2011 and was initially earmarked for the Polyot airline. with its first flight on 22 March 2012. leasing company on March 2012 as part of the Regional Aircraft Fleet Modernisation Programme pursued with support of the Irkutsk Region administration. is going to take delivery of two An-148-100Es this year. Petersburg in 2009–10. Since 15 January 2013. Six An-148-100Bs were delivered to the Rossiya air company in St. which had been first flown in Voronezh on 11 September 2012. Scheduled flights of Angara’s An-148s commenced from Irkutsk to Novosibirsk and Mirny on 20 December 2012. Angara has been the third Russian carrier to operate VASO-made An-148s. including three before year-end 2012 and two in 2013. The service to Bratsk was added on 24 December. The first scheduled passenger services took place on the Irkutsk–Novosibirsk–Irkutsk and Irkutsk–Mirny–Irkutsk lines on 20 December 2012. Plans provide for the introduction of new lines from Novosibirsk to Yekaterinburg in February and Chita in March as well as from Irkutsk to Ust-Kut in February and Vladivostok in March. The first Angara-accepted An-148-100E (RA-61713. VASO plant (a UAC subsidiary) and Ilyushin Finance Co. the new regional airliners have been operating from Irkutsk to Yakutsk famous for its cold climate and to Khabarovsk in the Russia’s Far East since 25 January. followed by the Irkutsk–Novosibirsk–Mirny line on 25 December. Mike Syritsa / UAC Oleg Panteleyev / UAC 42 take-off february 2013 www. Irkutsk-based Angara.ru . The new aircraft are supposed to expand Angara’s route network by far both in Russia and abroad. Its non-stop flight from Voronezh to Irkutsk. The third An-148-100E (RA-61714. There are also five options for delivery in 2014. RA-61713) to the Angara airline was held in Irkutsk on 30 October 2012. Considering the peculiarities of the expected operations under harsh weather and cold climate conditions (an ambient temperature above ground of up to -52°C) and from unpaved airfields. c/n 41-10) was manufactured by VASO last spring. VASO is manufacturing them now. which measured about 4. The contract stipulates for Angara to take delivery of five VASO-made An-148-100Es in 2012–13. The ceremony of the handover of the first An-148-100E (reg. VASO performed an extra set of preparations on the planes prior to their delivery. c/n 41-07) was on 8 November 2012. Angara’s planes have 75 passenger seats in the economy class and can operate on routes up to 4. The aircraft was delivered under the agreement signed by the Angara air company.take-off. The delivery of the second An-148-100E (RA-61711. another Russian carrier. started commercial operations of its newly acquired Antonov An-148-100E regional passenger jets built by VASO plant in Voronezh. with two An-148-100Es received by the Polyot airline in Voronezh in summer 2011.commercial aviation | news Angara launches An-148 commercial services Mike Syritsa / UAC In December 2012. operating from Chechnya. was accepted by Angara on 28 November and brought to Irkutsk on 15 December 2012. took place on 29 October 2012 and was followed by the handover ceremony on the next day. etc. The Grozny Avia carrier. Japan and South Korea. The VASO had made the aircraft a year before.300 km and 5 h 15 min. with the pilots given relevant ground school and simulator training.400 km long. This summer is to see the launch of international services from Irkutsk to destinations in China.

giving the green light to the plane’s operation. Early last year.take-off. RA-64521 is the only new Tu-214 KAPO built last year. After they have been delivered. on 26 May 2010. the Rossiya special air detachment will operate 15 aircraft of the Tu-204/214 family. Two upgraded Il-96-300 airliners (RA-96014. The acceptance report had been signed by New Year Day. began to fly for the Rossiya special air detachment last year. designed to carry top governmental officials. including 13 KAPO-made Tu-214 in various versions. These aircraft are expected to get registration numbers RA-64526. 12 seats in business class and 25 in economy class). after having been tesed in Ulyanovsk in 2011. two Tu-204-300 VIP aircraft (RA-64057. It will have entered service this year. Alexey Boyarin www. Three more Tu-214s are being assembled for the Russian President’s Office in the wake of the signature on 31 October 2012 of a contract for three more Tu-214SR communications relay aircraft to be delivered prior to December 2015. Tupolev Tu-204.commercial aviation | news New aircraft for presidential air detachment Alexey Filatov ordered by the Russian President’s Office. Several Ilyushin Il-96. RA-96017). Another new An-148 took to the air in Voronezh on 16 November 2012. It was an An-148-100EA (RA-61716. RA-64058) started their operation. It was ordered on 12 January 2011 in enhanced comfort configuration for 150 seats (12 in business class and 138 in economy class). the IAC Aircraft Registry issued the modified An-148-100EA with Supplement Type Certificate CT264-An-148/D09. the first of the two Office before December 2013 was placed on 5 December 2011. The aircraft is slated for delivery this year. VASO is assembling the second An-148-100EA under the contract.ru take-off february 2013 43 . The contract for two An-148-100EA aircraft to be delivered to the Russian President’s Operating out of Vnukovo Airport in Moscow. It is a Tu-214 VIP airliner (RA-64521) ordered by the Russian President’s Office – the seventh Tu-214 made by KAPO for the customer over the past several years. c/n 42-03). The airliner is in VIP configuration for 39 seats (two seats in the highly comfortable ‘main passenger’ cabin furnished with a sofa. The construction of the second airliner of the type is under way in Voronezh. Gorbunov (KAPO) on 5 December 2012. it was delivered and has been based in Vnukovo since 11 January 2013. and on 29 December 2012. The first of the two new Ilyushin Il-96-300PU(M1) VIP aircraft ordered by the Russian President’s Office (RA-96020) was rolled out to VASO’s flight test facility in July 2012. which had been flown by the now-defunct KrasAir carrier (it went bust in 2008). after which the presidential air detachment will operate as many as eight aircraft of the Il-96 family. Production Association named after S. a special Tu-214SUS (RA-64524) airborne command post made in Kazan a year before followed suit. RA-64527 and RA-64528. A modified cabin layout and a number of advanced systems necessitated extra certification tests that had been completed by the end of 2012.P. Late in and the new An-148-100EA flew from the factory airfield to Vnukovo Airport in the Moscow Region on 17 January 2013. The government placed the order for these two VIP planes. In spring last year. the Rossiya special air detachment of the Russian President’s Office remains a major customer for new Russian-made passenger aircraft. Tu-214 and Antonov An-148 airliners were made for it in 2012. Another new aircraft destined for the Rossiya special air detachment flew from the Kazan Aircraft Ildar Valeyev December 2012.

take-off. Krakow. Samara. Nizhny Novgorod. Astrakhan. two for Yakutia airline and five for foreign customers. Vilnius and Zagreb. the first one was ferried to Venetia in autumn 2012 for customisation by the Superjet International joint venture.000 flight hours. The aircraft was ferried from Ulyanovsk to Sheremetyevo airport on 19 September and kicked off commercial operations by its first revenue flight on 21 September 2012. which will enable them to launch revenue operations of the new Russian regional jet. the acceptance report on the first SSJ100-95B intended for Indonesian airline Sky Aviation was signed in late 2012. During 2012. Kharkov and Odessa as well as to Belarusian capital Minsk. got side number RA-89010. Donetsk. Indonesia and Laos. European destinations include Bucharest. As of 1 January 2013. Kazan. During the year. Next airliners of the type to be delivered to Aeroflot will have a modified cabin interiors. The assembly of the first of them (c/n 95025) began last spring. Krasnodar.500 flights totalling in excess of 16. A flight averages 2 h. In addition. Nizhnevartovsk. Next aircraft for Aeroflot (c/n 95029) is now ready for assembly. Aeroflot’s Superjets had logged over 8. Several flights are being made to Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk. Six planes.commercial aviation | programme Yuri Kabernik Andrey FOMIN The Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet was the most productive programme in Russia in 2012 in terms of new passenger aircraft production.300 flights and 14. with the second to follow it in early 2013. the SSJ100s type certificate was recognised by as many as three countries – Mexico.ru 44 take-off february 2013 . which conducted its maiden flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur on 12 July 2012.000-plus flight hours were flown last year. were delivered to Aeroflot and one to Yakutia (the other shall be delivered in February 2013). Stockholm. Aeroflot’s SSJ100s fly scheduled services to more than 20 Russian and foreign destinations. The airliner (c/n 95018). St. the Russia’s flag carrier has taken delivery of six new SSJ100s last year out of the 30 it had ordered with four deliveries in 2011. including five for Aeroflot. including one flown in 2011. Perm. but its rollout and ferry flight to Ulyanovsk for cabin interior assembly and airframe painting is now been scheduled for February 2013 at the earliest. In Russia they fly to Anapa. Petersburg. Tyumen and Volgograd now. the airliner built for Laotian carrier Lao Central Airlines in late 2012 is to be delivered. Also in February 2013. Copenhagen. Nizhnekamsk. the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company made 12 SSJ100-95B jets. In all. Of two aircraft built and check-flown for Mexican carrier Interjet. SUKHOI SUPERJET 100 ARRIVES TO NEW CUSTOMERS In Aeroflot The acceptance report for the 10th Sukhoi Superjet 100 intended for Aeroflot was signed in Ulyanovsk on 15 September 2012. of which almost 7. and an average www.

The first one (c/n 95019. As of 1 January 2013. In frosty Yakitia Another Russian carrier to have launched operation of its SSJ-100s in late January 2013 is the Yakutia air company that had ordered two aircraft of the type. the second jet built for Armavia in June 2012. reg. is now going to change its customer SSJ100 c/n 95018 became the 10th Superjet acquired by Aeroflot and launched its operations in September 2012 www.commercial aviation | programme Yakutia airline got its first SSJ100 in December 2012 monthly flight hours per aircraft accounted for about 140 h (the maximal flight hours were logged by RA-89010 in October 2012. The company’s short-term plans provide for launching operations from Yakutsk to Krasnoyarsk and Blagoveshchensk also.700 h on 1. Its interior was assembled and the aircraft was painted in October 2012. and it was displayed at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai in November. All of Aeroflot’s Superjet 100s have the twoclass 87-seat configuration with 12 seats in business class and 75 in economy class.495 flights.take-off. RA-89011) made its maiden flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur on 13 August 2012 and headed for Ulyanovsk for the assembly of its interior and for painting 4 days later. Yakutia’s SSJ100 starts to operate the YakutskNovosibirsk and Yakutsk-Harbin lines in late January or early February 2013. the biggest flight hours had been logged by Aeroflot’s first Superjet (RA-89001) – 2. Sergey Lysenko SSJ100 c/n 95021. when it accumulated 327 h on 158 services).ru take-off february 2013 45 Yuri Stepanov . Its delivery and ferry flight from Ulyanovsk to Yakutsk took place on 18 December 2012 and its first scheduled passenger flight on the Yakutsk-Khabarovsk line was conducted on 23 January 2013.

Armavia’s planes searching for new owners Early in October 2012. due to a financial dispute between the manufacturer and operator. Sochi. Its delivery is planned for early February 2013.ru 46 take-off february 2013 .commercial aviation | programme SSJ100 c/n 95024. For this reason. and its average monthly flight time (less the four months of sitting at the tarmac in Zhukovsky) standing at about 166 h (the maximum time is 240 h per month). However. the unpainted aircraft flew in to Venetia’s Marco Polo airport www. However.take-off. and it finally flew from Zhukovsky to Yerevan on 2 October 2012. meanwhile. the flights hadn’t lasted long – the carrier’s financial problems caused the termination of its Superjet operation on 22 October 2012. This plane first flew in Komsomolsk-on-Amur on 3 June 2012 and was prepared for delivery in the same month. Mexico: Western Hemisphere’s launch customer On 12 September 2012 another production Sukhoi Superjet 100 (c/n 95023) made its maiden flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.5 flight hours and its average daily flight time accounted for 5. with eight passengers seated in business class and 85 in economy class. the second aircraft for Interjet of Mexico.5 flight hours. following a four-month break. Nizhny Novgorod. In all. Milan and Tel Aviv. EK-95016). Having logged a bit over 2. EK-95015) flew in to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft’s facility in Zhukovsky for A-Check routine maintenance in early June 2012. The aircraft is the lead plane under the contract placed by Mexican carrier Interjet that has awarded 20 firm orders for the type to date. which facility in Venetia will be used for assembly of the passenger cabin interior developed by Italian designer bureau Pininfarina. RA-89012) conducted its maiden flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur on 25 November 2012.000 flying hours on almost 900 commercial flights since April 2011. Ultimately. the first production SSJ100 (c/n 95007. It has been flying passenger services for Armavia from Yerevan’s Zvartnots airport to Moscow’s Domodedovo and Vnukovo. The supplier of the Interjet aircraft is Russo-Italian joint venture SuperJet International. In all probability. the aircraft sitting in Zhukovsky now will get itself a new customer. reg. the aircraft had sat there for a long time. to Krasnodar. Ufa and Yekaterinburg as well as to Dubai. the parties came to terms about continued operation of the first SSJ100 by Armavia. the airliner had logged 2. The Yakutia-operated SSJ100s have a 93-seat cabin. in flight tests. painting of the aircraft and training of customer’s air and ground crews. becoming the first SSJ100 built for a Western air carrier. after which it will fly to Yakutsk and commence its scheduled operations. The airliner’s cabin layout allows for 98 seats in economy class. December 2012 Yuri Kabernik The other Superjet 100 intended for Yakutia (c/n 95020. then it received its cabin interior in Ulyanovsk and in mid-December it was painted in the Czech Republic. while Armavia changed its mind as for the second Superjet built for it (c/n 95021. The average flight of the Armenian Superjet lasted 2.300 flight hours on 932 flights with Armavia. Armenian air carrier Armavia – the Superjet’s launch customer since spring 2011 – resumed passenger operations on its SSJ100.

72 airliners have been ordered by Russian carriers – UTair (24). The airliner was handed over to the customer on 29 December 2012. The airliner is to be delivered in February 2013. Gazpromavia (10) and Transaero (6) in addition to Aeroflot and Yakutia. but the new passenger cabin for 93 economy-class seats will necessitate additional certification. with its departure to Indonesia planned for January 2013. particularly. the airliner with 47 . etc. Ho Chi Minh. The third Laotian SSJ100s (c/n 95037) is having its airframe components being made. Its roll out is scheduled for March or April this year and its delivery for May. which allows the aircraft’s export to the country and its unrestricted operation by Laotian carriers. The aircraft have been configured for 93 seats – eight in business class and 85 in economy class. The work had been complete by early December. and the aircraft was given registration number PK-ECL when it was being painted in the Sky Aviation colours. www. on 26 October. The training of Mexican air and ground crews in Venetia is to commence soon. Hanoi. They are to be rolled out in March and April respectively and delivered in May and June 2013. Less than a week later. gave training to the first crews of Sky Aviation. Lao Central Airlines plans to fly its SSJ100s on both domestic and foreign routes. The airliner is the first of the three SSJ100s ordered by Laotian carrier Lao Central Airlines. It could be delivered before year-end. The deliveries to the former two may kick off in 2013–2014 and to Transaero in 2015. after painting in customer’s colours. The Superjet’s Full Flight Simulator (FFS) has been delivered to SJI facility in Venetia in November 2012 (until recently. take-off february 2013 on 6 October 2012 following a small series of test fights in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft is completing the second of the Lao Central airliners (c/n 95030).take-off. The Laotian air authorities recognised the SSJ100’s type certificate in December 2012. Singapore. on 14 December. sitting in the SCAC’s final assembly shop. the newly built aircraft with temporary reg. The cabins of Sky Aviation’s Sukhoi Superjet 100s are designed to seat 12 passengers in business class and 75 in economy class – a total of 87 seats. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and SuperJet International have had 179 orders for SSJ100s. with the delivery to take place between 2012 and 2015. The third Interjet’s SSJ100s (c/n 95028) is being assembled. there are two more aircraft designed for Indonesia (c/n 95027 and c/n 95031). Now. This enables the carrier to start using the aircraft right after it has been received. which handles aftersales support and training.commercial aviation | programme SCAC Indonesian carrier Sky Aviation got its first SSJ100 (c/n 95022) in late December 2012 SCAC The first Superjet built for Lao Central Airlines. As of January 2013. On the third day after its first flight. with its first flight and ferrying to Venetia slated for March 2013. 107 aircraft have been ordered by foreign air carriers and leasing companies. This done. of which 13 have been delivered already. to Bangkok. It trained eight Indonesian pilots and 18 flight attendants as far back as late last year and 12 technicians in January 2013. The SuperJet International JV. the second one has been brought to Aeroflot’s training centre in Sheremetyevo in July 2012). 97008 headed for Ulyanovsk for cabin interior installation and livery painting. Laos in wait of Superjet Another Sukhoi Superjet 100 (c/n 95026) performed its maiden flight in Komsomolskon-Amur on 12 December 2012. there has been only one SSJ100 FFS at SCAC’s facility in Zhukovsky. it was issued with Laotian registration number RDPL-34195. Mexico’s aviation authorities have issued the type certificate for the SSJ100 in April 2012. c/n 95026. due to which the delivery of the first of Interjet’s SSJ100s has been slated for March 2013. First SSJ100 for Indonesia 20 October 2012 saw the first flight of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 c/n 95022 – the first of the aircraft intended for Indonesian airline Sky Aviation that had ordered 12 airliners of the type from Sukhoi Civil Aircraft.ru The second Mexican SSJ100 (c/n 95024) first flew in Komsomolsk-on-Amur on 16 December 2012 and is now gearing up for the ferry flight to Venetia in February for customisation. January 2013 temporary registration number 97007 came to Ulyanovsk for the installation of its cabin interior and the subsequent painting.

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