In The Works: Myasishchev M-101T Gzhel

 - May 7, 2008, 4:43 AM

First shown as a model at a 1990 Moscow exhibition, the single-turboprop M-101T Gzhel is nearing Russian certification, expected by the end of the year, following a major airframe refinement program that was launched two years ago after tests on the first prototype. A product of the Myasishchev Experimental Design Bureau, the program was delayed for a year by the crash of one aircraft after a loss of lateral control.

A Socata TBM 700 look-alike, the Gzhel is priced at about $1 million with simple avionics and six seats. Current power is a single Walter M601F rated at 760 shp for takeoff, although a PT6-powered derivative is envisioned. Mtow is 6,615 lb. Expected performance includes a max cruise speed of 283 kt and a range of 760 nm with max fuel and 45-min reserve. Meanwhile, Myasishchev has launched full-scale development of the M-210 Sokol, a twin-engine derivative of the Gzhel previously known as the M-103 and powered by two M601F turboprops.