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    Russian Civil Aviation News

    The first engine for the PD-14 MC-21 aircraft built and sent for testing

    "Aviadvigatel" (Perm) has completed the assembly of the first aircraft engine PD-14, which will be installed on the aircraft MS-21, said in a statement on its website.

    "May 30 has been assembled and sent to the first engine test of the fifth generation of PD-14" - are the words in the message managing director of Alexander Inozemtsev.

    Earlier it was reported that the investment in the development and launch of production of PD-14 engine for the new MC-21 aircraft by 2013 will exceed 24 billion rubles.

    The concept of long-term engine family of PD-14 "Aviadvigatel" defended in July 2008, in the same year it was designated the lead developer of the engine family, and OAO "Perm Motor Plant" - the main batch by the manufacturer.

    The main advantages of the TD-14 engines on modern analogs are the reduction in specific fuel consumption by 10-15%, lower life cycle cost by 15-20%, reducing noise and emissions levels.

    The development of MC-21 aircraft engaged Corporation "Irkut". MS-21 - short-medium-range aircraft with a capacity of 150-215 seats and a range of up to 5.5 kilometers. First flight is planned for 2014. Certification according to Russian standards expected to be completed in 2015, according to international - in 2016.

    "Aviadvigatel" develops engines for civil and military aircraft and industrial gas turbines and power plants at their base.

    "Perm Motor Plant" provides mass production of aircraft engines for civil and military aircraft and industrial gas turbines for power generation and gas transportation.

    Both companies are part of the "United Engine Building Corporation" - a 100 per cent subsidiary of JSC "UIC" Oboronprom ".

    http://vpk-news.ru/news/1258/

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    http://armstass.su/?page=article&aid=107764&cid=25

    Transaero to sign firm order for 6 SSJ's. This is the first firm contract to be signed in 2012.

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    superjet crash still a mystery
    http://indrus.in/articles/2012/06/21...ery_16017.html

    other sources say no technical error found.

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    Option for MS-21 has been converted to fix orders

    Russian Technologies and Irkut Corporation have signed contract on delivery of 35 MS-21 aircraft

    "In accordance with the contract, Irkut Corporation will deliver 35 MS-21 aircraft (including 18 MS-21-200s and 17 MS-21-300s) to Aviacapital-Service during a period from 2022 to 2025. The amount of the contract at list prices is $2.32 billion. The contract assumes that the jets will be equipped with PD-14 engines developed by United Engine Corporation", - Irkut noted.

    It is expected that the jets will mostly be operated by the state customers.
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    Check out Interview with Alexei Fyodorov on MS-21 program

    http://www.aviaport.ru/digest/2012/07/10/237296.html
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    http://en.ria.ru/business/20120710/174535248.html

    Interjet exercises option for 5 more SSJ's at Farnborough.

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    Superjet 100 in demand

    Indonesian airlines are still interested in acquiring the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft despite the crash in May. This was announced by the CEO of the company "Sukhoi Civil Aircraft" Vladimir Prysyazhnyuk.

    According the CEO negotiations are now taking place with two Indonesian companies to acquire 42 Super Jets.

    The company already has a contract for 174 Super Jets.Indonesian airlines are still interested in acquiring the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft despite the crash in May. This was announced by the CEO of the company "Sukhoi Civil Aircraft" Vladimir Prysyazhnyuk.

    According the CEO negotiations are now taking place with two Indonesian companies to acquire 42 Super Jets.

    The company already has a contract for 174 Super Jets.
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    Some info on the investigation into Superjet crash in Indonesia:

    http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/di...oi_superjet-0/

    Here's an excerpt from the article:

    The crew supposedly received a signal from another onboard signal. The system said that the aircraft was flying low above the ground and prompted the extension of the landing gear. Being at a loss about the relief of the area, the commander decided to deactivate the automatic equipment to descend independently. "It could be possible that the crewmembers were certain until the very last moment that they were flying above a valley," the source said.

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    13th serial Superjet flew.
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    In the UAC decided to create a plane with 140 seats

    Capacity of the new aircraft, which plans to create UAC technology-based MS-21 and Sukhoi Superjet 100, the amount of 130-140 passengers. On this, as reported by "Interfax", said the head of the United Aircraft Corporation Mikhail Pogosyan.

    According to him, the new airliner could be on the market in 2016-2020. Pogosyan said that the project cost will be significantly lower than the SSJ-100, as will be used for the construction of the existing solutions. To develop an aircraft will be attracted foreign partners, the market demand for new aircraft Poghosyan estimated at 300-400 units.

    The fact that the MS-21 project (which produces "daughter" KLA "Irkut") and SuperJet (they produce another "daughter" of the KLA - "Sukhoi Civil Aircraft") are combined, Pogosyan said in August last year. At that time, the corporation has already started to create a single management for the development of new aircraft.

    Developers need to create an airliner to be designed using the technologies used in the MS-21 and SSJ-100. This will buy the components from the same suppliers, and thus reduce costs. Aircraft will vary with capacity and range, and the airline will be able to choose the most appropriate for their route networks airliners.

    Pogosyan said that in the end of the line aircraft KLA in the segment with 90-130 seats will be models of SSJ 100, SSJ 100 LR (Long Range) and SSJ 130 (NG). Capacity of the MS-21-200 and MS-21-300 will be 150-200 passengers, and in the segment 200-300 seats UAC introduces the "2020" design which has not yet begun.
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    http://www.sukhoi.ru/forum/showthread.php?t=76884

    Sukhoi may re-animate the Su-80 program.
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    Red Wing has shown interest in Tu-204SM and was ready to sign a rather large contract for Russian standards (especially Tupolev's), for about 33 aircraft. Is this confirmed or there are still negotations? It seems Tupolev's opportunities are running out as SSJ production gears up...

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    Transport agency has published average fuel consumption of jets operated in Russia. Some points:

    - The SSJ is the only Russian model comparable to Airbus.
    - Tu-134 has a rather low value.
    - Improvement when going from Il-86 to Il-96.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a89 View Post
    - The SSJ is the only Russian model comparable to Airbus.
    2300kg/h is not a good number for 100 seat airliner.

    E190 is at 1800kg/h, with slightly higher cruise speed.

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    The data posted are for conditions in Russia and parametera like altitude, speed, and distance should be taken into account.

    E190 is at 1800kg/h, with slightly higher cruise speed.
    Where did you fin these data?

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    Fuel fraction data is meaningless unless you know the length of the flight times used to get the stats and equalize the F/F stats among aircraft types for flight lengths. If the SSJ stat is for 5 hour hops and the E190 stat is for 7 hour hops the numbers tell you nothing.

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    Russian government is going to revise aircraft targets for civil aviation. Funding is spent in too many projects (SSJ, Tu-204, MS-21, An-148).

    http://english.pravda.ru/russia/econ...oi_superjet-0/

    (Ignore sensationalistic title)

    According to Ukranian sources, funding of An-148 will cease (nothing is decided yet):

    http://www.segodnya.ua/economics/ene...samoletov.html

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    Just to be clear: For Russian Civil Aviation program, UAC will be fokus with SSJ for capacity below 140, while 140 to 200 will be the domain of MS-21, right ?

    Thus this means TU 204 plug will be terminated ? Could Ukraine can further developed An-148 without Russia (since the capacity of AN-148 will be on SSJ domain) ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ananda View Post
    Just to be clear: For Russian Civil Aviation program, UAC will be fokus with SSJ for capacity below 140, while 140 to 200 will be the domain of MS-21, right ?

    Thus this means TU 204 plug will be terminated ? Could Ukraine can further developed An-148 without Russia (since the capacity of AN-148 will be on SSJ domain) ?
    Well VASO has been relying on the AN-148 program for plant modernization, so I doubt that will cease.

    Tu-204 is just a stop gap either way.
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    So it looks like the An-148 program is definitely suffering.
    This late in the year, only 2 AN-148s have been completed, and these are the birds that were sold to Angara with some difficulty. Another one or two for the MCHS are expected before the year ends. 14 An-148s have been completed in VASO in total....the plan for 2012 was a conservative 7 birds, and that is only being half met. An-148 is struggling to find new customers.

    I think it is clear at this point the Superjet has surged ahead in the "battle" of the small airliners. Looks like there will be at least 14 Superjets making a first flight this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a89 View Post
    Russian government is going to revise aircraft targets for civil aviation. Funding is spent in too many projects (SSJ, Tu-204, MS-21, An-148).
    Ten+ years late, and still no support for the Il-96 (understandable from a current context, but with adequate backing back then it could have done reasonably well in the meantime on the cargo market).

    Quote Originally Posted by TR1 View Post
    I think it is clear at this point the Superjet has surged ahead in the "battle" of the small airliners.
    At this point? It was pretty much guaranteed to work out this way from the word go - the An-148 should never have gone very far (Tu-334 same), with Antonov given full support for their very competitive An-70 (read: no inferior Il-476) to compensate.

    This has been my enduring pet gripe with the Russian aerospace industry - lack of focus. Lots of projects drawing from a seriously constrained pool of resources, with underperforming designs like the Il-476/An-148 starving more promising alternatives such as the An-70/Il-96/SSJ. Now, the SSJ did alright, but how many of its teething problems and delays could have been avoided if it had been given some of the resources diverted into the An-148 instead? And how much better off would Antonov be today if they were free to concentrate what money and talent they have on what they have always been world leaders at - a complete range of airlifters (An-72/70/124)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ananda View Post
    Just to be clear: For Russian Civil Aviation program, UAC will be fokus with SSJ for capacity below 140, while 140 to 200 will be the domain of MS-21, right ?

    Thus this means TU 204 plug will be terminated ? Could Ukraine can further developed An-148 without Russia (since the capacity of AN-148 will be on SSJ domain) ?
    Tu-204/214 has special & long versions. i dont think they will stop building it. and who knows in 10 years what kind of relationship with EU.
    Infact Putin said new widebody/heavy lift chopper will be built in Far East. so with time decrease cooperation with EU manufacturers as it will become uneconomical to bring parts

    http://www.wcarn.com/cache/news/21/21248.html

    Chinese pilot finish qualifying course on Tu-204. I think they will eventually want special version of Tu-214 just like IL-476.
    http://www.tupolev.ru/english/Show.asp?SectionID=35

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    Keep in mind Trident AN-70 is no rosy picture. Antonov keeps asking for more money from Russia, and the timescale and performance achievement is all seriously questionable.

    Regarding An-148 I think converting VASO to SSJ production would have been a better move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TR1 View Post
    Antonov keeps asking for more money from Russia, and the timescale and performance achievement is all seriously questionable.
    Neither is very surprising, considering that Russia has infact not given them nearly enough money to produce any kind of satisfactory result. It is also worth noting that timescale and performance achievement of the Il-476 are downright embarrassing, despite much better support and far more modest ambitions.

    When's the wretched thing going to fly anyway? According to the schedule of three years ago, it was supposed to be in service by now! Bearing in mind that there are just three major differences to the established Il-76TD-90 (further upgraded avionics, strengthened wing structure, final assembly in Russia) these delays are completely outrageous.

    Quote Originally Posted by TR1 View Post
    Regarding An-148 I think converting VASO to SSJ production would have been a better move.
    Nah, the Russian state should have stepped into the breach when US banks cut funding for the Westernised Il-96T freighter, right after it had been awarded FAA certification. Both the A330-200F and 777F were a long ways off and Boeing had just axed the MD-11F - the stage was all set for a fairly successful sales campaign, although the Il-96 passenger models should probably have been abandoned.

    A few years on, just as its more modern competitors appeared and civilian cargo orders petered out, military derivatives should have kicked in to keep the production line and suppliers going, as with KAPO and the Tu-214. This should have included Israeli-equipped versions (think A-50EI or Il-78MKI) again, allowing Ilyushin to appeal to the widest range of markets possible, from captive to highly competitive and Western-oriented, with tailored variants.

    Fast forward to today and, if the RuAF is lucky, by 2016 they will be getting AWACS and tankers based on a half-ar*ed modification of a 1960s design that will be a tough sell on the export market - depressing really.
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    http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-ne...s-tenth-ssj100
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    Aeroflot Takes Tenth SSJ100

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    Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) delivered its 10th production Sukhoi Superjet 100 (S/N 95017) and the ninth to enter into service with Aeroflot, SCAC announced in late July.

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