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    Highlights for the Week of 07 November 2010

  • Biofuel Proposals

  • Date Posted 12 November 2010

    Sukhoy Company Flight Tests Series-Built Su-34 Tactical Bombers

    The Sukhoy company is flight testing series-built Su-34 tactical bombers at the Novosibirsk V.P. Chkalov Aviation Production Association (NAPO) flight test station. The aircraft were assembled in the plant's shops where their manufacture has been organized. Airplanes of this brand already serve in the Russian air force inventory. The next batch of Su-34 provided for by a state defense order will be transferred to the customer before this year's end.
    The state contract for the Su-34 delivery to the Russian Federation air force was signed between the Russian Federation defense ministry and the Sukhoy company in 2008.

    The Su-34 is attributed to the generation "4+" of airplane in combat capabilities. It is able to effectively destroy ground, surface and aerial target independent of time of day and weather conditions in any geographic region using a whole range of aircraft weapons, including precision. The presence on the airplane of an active safety system along with the newest computers has allowed creation of addition capabilities for the airman and navigator to carry out targeted bombing and to maneuver beneath an enemy's fire. The equipment installed on the Su-34 allows using weapons against several targets simultaneously. The excellent aerodynamics, large capacity of the internal fuel tanks, highly economic twin-spool engines with a digital control system, in-flight refueling system, and also suspension of additional fuel tanks assures Su-34 flight to great distances approaching the flight ranges of strategic bombers.

    The Su-34 has confirmed its high combat capabilities and flight qualities during the Vostok-2010 military exercises held in July of this year. The airplanes completed a non-stop flight during execution of a combat mission with in-flight refueling from the European part of Russia to the Far East with subsequent strikes. It is planned in the near future to extend the combat potential of the airplanes with new aerial munitions.

    Source: 12.11.10, Aviation Explorer

    Date Posted 11 November 2010

    First Flight of Mi-8T Helicopter with New Motor Sich Engine

    An Mi-8T helicopter with a TVZ-117VMA-SBM1V series 4Eh engine manufactured by the leader of domestic engine building (OAO Motor Sich) has made first flight in Zaporozh'e (Ukraine) at the enterprise's airfield. The president and chairman of the board of directors of OAO Motor Sich, V.A. Boguslaev, general director of the Yutair Airline, A.Z. Martirosov, chief designer of OAO Motor Sich, S.I. Shan'kin and representatives of potential user companies were present at the ceremony of the helicopter which has already made a good showing of itself in different conditions.
    This modification of the helicopter is being developed for the purpose of increasing the flight performance of the Mi-8T, especially in conditions of usage in regions with high ambient air temperature of +52 and in mountainous conditions.

    The basic build-up of the new TVZ-117VMA-SBM1V, the most unique helicopter engine in the world, which was created according to a Mil' firm requirements specification, allows Mil' aircraft to climb to an altitude of 8,100 meters in 13 minutes, not in a spiral, but vertically, exceeding the normative speed of climb two times at the same time. Earlier, Russian helicopters hardly were able to overcome the 5 kilometers boundary, and then had to pause at an altitude of 1,200 meters for 10 minutes in order to cool the turbine. The performance of the engine on the Mi-8T lifted into the Zaporozh'e sky has been improved significantly! In particular, characteristics of maintenance of power to high temperatures of the ambient air and flight altitude. Moreover, service life to first overhaul and between overhaul was increased to 3,000 hours, and assigned -- up to 9,000 hours. At the present time work is under way on further increase of service lives: to first overhaul and between overhaul up to 4,000 hours and assigned - up to 12,000 hours.

    By the way, OAO Motor Sich has never stopped according to newspaper clipping records and continues to work in the improvement of the flight performance of its installations. A full complex of flight tests is planned s the next stage in the work for confirmation of the announced technical requirements and characteristics, both for the new engine and for the helicopter. Finalization of the work is planned in the first half of 2011.

    The TVZ-117VMA-SBM1V engine has undergone a full cycle of state tests, received international certificate of type ST267-AMD and responds to the most rigid international requirements. The engine was created at the initiative of the Zaporozh'e enterprise and has been financed completely by it.

    Source: 11.11.10, Aviation Explorer

    Date Posted 10 November 2010

    India Tests Own Engine at Zhukovskiy

    ((Designated the Kaveri, the engine was fitted to an Il-76 and tested up to Mach 0.6 (690 kilometers per hour).  It should produce 93 - 100 kilotons of thrust. Originally reported by Flightglobal. Not further translated.))

    Source: 10.11.10, Avia.RU

    Date Posted 09 November 2010

    Introduction of Biofuel Possible for Civil Aircraft in RF

    The introduction of biofuel from sawdust is possible for civil aircraft in Russia, which is a forested country, the deputy transport minister, Valeriy Okulov, said on Tuesday.

    "If we have a forested country and we have a lot of raw material under the name of sawdust, then why not put it into production as a biofuel, an alternative fuel," Okulov said at a press conference at RIA Novosti.

    At the same time, as the deputy minister noted, biofuel is no cheaper than traditional aviation kerosene. "Biofuel is no cheaper, as it is tied to the cost of organic fuel. (But) earnings, ecological taxes, will not be levied on biofuel," Okulov explained the fuel's advantage.

    Moreover, in the deputy minister's words, developers in the area of alternative types of fuels for the needs of aviation have their own interests. In particular, the Mi-8TG helicopter which is now fueled by associated petroleum gas.

    At the same time, the engine in Mi-8TG helicopters is unchanged save a necessary modification. "Naturally, a change of the fuel system and fuel feed system to this engine was required, ((but)) the engine itself did not undergo any cardinal changes," Okulov said.

    However, in his opinion, the oilmen "are not the most interested party" in the development of alternative technologies in the production of aircraft fuel.

    Meanwhile, international certification of aviation biofuel which is already being used experimentally on some types of airplanes, will be concluded according to the plans of the International Air Transport Association in 2011.

    At the same time, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommends a 2-percent annual increase of fuel effectiveness of the fleet of aircraft in service as a global desirable goal. In this case, in 2010 - 2010, the total increase of effectiveness will be 13 percent in the midterm (2013 - 2010) - 26 percent in the long term (2021 - 2050) - nearly 60 percent relative to the basic level of 2005.

    Source: 09.11.10, RIA Novosti

    Russia to Offer Middle East and Africa New Airplanes

    The Russian aircraft industry is ready to offer the Middle East and Africa new civil airplanes and intends actively to advance its product in these markets, Rosbalt reports the general director of the OAK Management Company - Civil Airplanes, Yuriy Grudinin, announced today.

    According to Grudinin, OAK - Civil Airplanes is studying the Middle Eastern and also African market place as one of the most prospective from the point of view of advancing product manufactured at its plants and enterprises."

    According to Grudinin, the Tu-204 "fits splendidly" into the infrastructure of the aircraft market both as passenger and as cargo carriers. "Therefore, there is a mutual desire to develop aviation projects in the region in the future, and for this purpose we are advancing the An-148 airplane together, which is a project most optimally fitted to the infrastructure of the local market," he noted. 

    Source: 09.11.10, Avia.RU

    Date Posted 08 November 2010

    KhAZ Beings Flight Tests of New An-74 Airplane

    The Khar'kov State Aviation Production Enterprise began flight tests of a new An-74 airplane several days ago, they reported at the plant's press service. It still is not being disclosed for whom the airplane is intended and when it will go into service.

    The enterprise's main product is airplanes developed at ANTK O. Antonov. In the beginning of the 1990s the An-74 went into production for the needs of commercial aviation, and starting from 1999 the An-140 regional turboprop was built in series. In 2007 - 2008, the plant transferred an An-74 to Libya and in May 2009 it transferred the An-74TK-300 to the Libyan customers.

    In 2010, the plant plans to produce the An-74-T-200A intended for delivery to Egypt, and also the An-74-TK-200S for delivery to Libya.

    Source: 08.11.10, Vecherniy Khar'kov ((newspaper)) 

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