Site news 21.02.2008
February 21, 2008, Rybinsk. Yesterday in SCAC, in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, at 23.15 o’clock local time, after a series of dry motorings and test runs on wing of the SSJ-95001 aircraft the SaM146-101 engine was started. The engine ran at idle for 10 minutes without a problem.
Preparation of the first SSJ100 flight prototype powered with two SaM146 engines for flight tests in Komsomolsk-on-Amur is in full swing.
At the same time, the IL-76LL flying test bed, on which one of the four standard engines was replaced with the SaM146, is being prepared for the second test phase that will take place at the French test facility in Istres.
The SaM146 project is based on the principles of the strategic partnership between the Russian NPO Saturn and French Snecma (Snecma, SAFRAN Group) companies. In 2004, to provide management of the SaM146 project, including design, production, marketing and sales, as well as customer after-sales support, NPO Saturn and Snecma established the joint venture named PowerJet.
The SaM146 project is one of the most demonstrative examples of cooperation of the Russian and European industries.
In April 2003, the Sam146 engine was chosen by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company to power the Sukhoi SuperJet 100 regional jet. The SaM146 is the only integrated power plant, specially designed for use on regional aircraft of the new generation. The SaM146 engine is of the state-of-the-art design developed on the basis of the previous programs experience and analysis of competitive products, to achieve the target reliability and economic indices. The distinctive features of the SaM146 engine are high reliability, low maintenance cost, low fuel consumption, and full compliance with the ICAO existing and advanced emissions requirements.
Certification of the propulsion system and of the aircraft will be conducted following the Russian, European and American regulations thus enabling the Sukhoi SuperJet 100 to operate in all countries without any limitations.
NPO Saturn is the leading engine manufacturer that specializes in the development, production and after-sales support of gas-turbine engines for military and civil aircraft, navy vessels, power-generating and gas-pumping units.
Snecma, SAFRAN Group, is one of the leading aviation and space engines manufacturers. It offers a large number of power plants of various capacity. The company develops and creates civil aviation engines, which differ in power, reliability, efficiency and ecological properties, as well as military engines of the world class. Snecma develops and produces power plants, and equipment for satellites and missile carriers.