Category Archives: aircraft engineering

Drones in the sky: destructional strike of latest drones

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Russian aviation expects first samples of drums unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in 2020 . These machines will be able to overcome great distances, be in the area of the proposed military action for days and launch destructional blow by precision strike missiles and bombs whenever you need. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu demanded that Russian developers of shock drones to accelerate the pace of work.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are not something new in military technology. They have been being developed around the world engaged since the 70-ies of the last century. However, they have achieved their heyday as means of warfare recently.

There are shock drones in Russia. On June 28, 2013 at the site “Alabino” in Moscow  the Defense Minister was shown more than 10 unmanned systems of domestic production. Some of them were in the open air, the other part – in the army tents – it was a closed exposition for specialists.

KRET created new navigation system for the T-50 fighter jet

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Concern Radioelectronic Technologies (KRET) has created an upgraded BINS-SP2M strapdown inertial navigation system for the fifth-generation T-50 (PAK FA) fighter jet that autonomously processes navigation and flight information, determines position and motion parameters in the absence of satellite navigation, and can integrate with GLONASS, Russia’s space-based satellite navigation system.

BINS-SP2M is guaranteed to last at least 10,000 hours, almost twice as long as its foreign counterparts. Moreover, the Russian system has better performance characteristics and can be utilized universally as it can be installed not only in airborne, but also in marine and terrestrial equipment.

The BINS-SP2M navigation system for the T-50 was developed by two KRET enterprises, Moscow Institute of Electromechanics and Automatics (MIEA) and Ramensky Instrument Engineering Plant (RPZ). The equipment is built on the basis of laser gyros and quartz accelerometers, instruments for measuring the acceleration of moving objects.

State testing of Il-78 Full Mission Simulator developed by CSTS Dinamika has been completed

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The state testing of Il-78 Full Mission Simulator developed by CSTS Dinamika has been completed, the company’s press-service reports.

«It is the first full mission simulator for Il-78 tanker aircraft in the history of the national aviation. It is designed for training of the whole crew: pilots, pilot-navigator, flight engineer, flight radio operator and fuel operator. It is the first simulator for a large transport aircraft in the history of CSTS Dinamika,» the company noted.

The simulator is designed for training of Il-78’s crew in the following areas: piloting, navigation, operation of the equipment and avionics, interaction between the crew members as well as between the crews of tanker aircraft and an aircraft being refueled (the actions of the latter one are simulated from the instructor’s station). In order to simulate the aerial refueling process, models of 12 refueled aircraft of different types were created; the impact of aircraft wake on behavior of a refueled aircraft moving close to the tanker was simulated, CSTS Dinamika added.

The state testing of the simulator was being carried out by the experienced pilots, pilot-navigators and engineers of Chkalov State Flight Test Center. After taking some remedial actions, the experts of Chkalov State Flight Test Center highly appraised the quality of simulation model responsible for movement of the tanker aircraft. The tests confirmed that the simulator is efficient in terms of pilot training and honing skills in the area of piloting Il-78 transport aircraft.

Rwanda took delivery of two Mi-17 multi-role transport helicopters

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The armed forces of Rwanda took delivery of two Mi-17 multi-role transport helicopters, i-Mash reports with reference to Defenceweb.co.za.

The helicopters will be used for transporting passengers and cargo and supporting UNMISS. The helicopters painted in white UN livery were demonstrated to mass media at Kanombe air base (located near Kigali).

These are new helicopters. They will be based in South Sudan this month along with other helicopters of the type. In general, the number of Rwanda’s Mi-17 helicopters operated in South Sudan will reach 8 ones; the staff of the air base will be expanded from 119 to 225 persons.

The first three Mi-17s were deployed in South Sudan on December 27th 2012 in order to support UNMISS (UN mission in South Sudan). Later three more vehicles of the type joined them.

Mass production of MS-21 aircraft will be started in 2017

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The MS-21 prototype intended for static and flight testing will be manufactured in 2015; the aircraft will perform its maiden flight in the first half of 2016; mass production of the new Russian liner will be started in 2017. It was stated by the Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov on November 14th 2014 during his visit to Irkutsk Aviation Plant.

«The MS-21 program is right on schedule. The installation of assembly line will be completed in late May. It gives us confidence that the first flying prototype of MS-21 will be ready next year, – Manturov noted. – We are doing our best to replace imported components with Russian-produced analogues. The development of PD-14 engine, advanced aircraft systems and avionics is in progress as well as certification of new composites. As for current configuration of MS-21-300 aircraft, the share of Russian-produced components will exceed 50% (taking into account PD-14 engine developed in Russia). By the start of the jet’s mass production this indicator will reach 60%».

The Minister also noted that the market outlook for MS-21 looks promising. «The aircraft is in demand. The price advantage is increasing (due to ruble’s depreciation and other factors). We have already signed contracts for 175 aircraft. In late 2017 – early 2018 we will receive the type certificate issued by the Interstate Aviation Committee. The first four liners will be delivered to a customer in 2018,» he said.

Russia to develop new AWACS aircraft based on IL-76MD-90A plane

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The Taganrog-based Beriyev Aviation Scientific-Technical Complex (TANTK) on Friday will receive the first series Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A Ulyanovsk plane for making an advanced airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft on its base, the plane manufacturer Aviastar-SP said.

“The A-100 Premier AWACS aircraft prototype will be made on the Ilyushin aircraft basis in Taganrog (in Russia’s southern Rostov region),” the company said.

The manufacturing cycle for one Il-76MD-90A plane is two years and 13 aircraft of the IL-76 family are currently at different stages of manufacture.

The advanced AWACS plane A-100 Premier designed to replace the A-50 aircraft will have an advanced active phase array capable of detecting and tracking airborne and land-based targets.

Putin has allowed Russia to start production of IL-114

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“Just recently I received the consent of President at the beginning of work on this turboprop aircraft. This will help us get the problem of regional transportation”, said Deputy Prime Minister (quoted by TASS). According to Rogozin, projects passenger IL-114 and military transport Il-112V (designed for transportation and air landing lung samples weapons and military equipment, cargo and personnel) were opened after serious discussions.

In mid-October 2014 Rogozin said on his twitter that Putin has supported the idea of ​​developing a Russian turboprop regional passenger aircraft based on IL -114, but no details if not followed.

UAC and AVIC expand their partnership

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President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) M.A. Pogosyan and President of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) Lin Zuoming signed a memorandum at Airshow Сhina 2014 aimed at expansion of partnership between the companies in the area of civil, transport and special-purpose aircraft, UAC’s press-service reports.

“Among the top-priority joint programs are cooperation in the area of development of turboprop aircraft as well as joint production, certification and promotion of regional aircraft. In order to implement the projects the parties have created a joint working group”, – UAC added.

Wide-body aircraft developed by Russia and China to enter market in 9 or 10 years

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A wide-body aircraft developed by Russia and China will enter market in 9 or 10 years, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to the president of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Mikhail Pogosyan.

“In the near term we are going to start the detailed design stage and assess the economic feasibility of the project. The program should enter market in 9 or 10 years,” Pogosyan said at Airshow China-2014.

According to him, flight testing of the aircraft seating 300 passengers and having a range of 12,000 km should be started in early 2020s.

According to Pogosyan, the initial stage of development is being started; the parties are looking for potential suppliers and define the scheme of cooperation.

Another Il-76MD-90A aircraft was delivered to the flight test department of Aviastar-SP

Another Il-76MD-90A aircraft (MSN 0104) was rolled out of final assembly workshop of Aviastar-SP and transported to the enterprise’s flight test department. The jet was fitted with aircraft systems and equipment and its cockpit was fitted with state-of-the-art avionics suite. Pressure testing of a wingbox and fuselage center section has been completed, press-service of Aviastar reports.

“Upon completion of ground and production flight tests the jet will be transferred to aircraft painting workshop,” the enterprise noted.

Il-76MD-90A was derived from Il-76MD aircraft, which was manufactured in Uzbekistan by Tashkent Aviation Production Association named after V.P. Chkalov. The latest navigation equipment, automatic control system, communications system and glass cockpit meet all the existing requirements for aircraft avionics and help improve the flight safety and precision of aircraft navigation. The replacement of D-30KP2 engines with more advanced PS-90A-76 ones, installation of upgraded wing and reinforced landing gear significantly expand the jet’s operational capabilities, Aviastar-SP added.