PowerJet, the joint venture formed by Russia’s NPO Saturn and France’s Snecma to build the SaM146 turbofan for the Russian Regional Jet (RRJ), will run the first engine to test (FETT) in April this year and gain certification for the new powerplant in March 2008.
Snecma’s announcement in January that it is to develop the new SM-X turbofan for small regional airliners and mid-sized/large business jets took many by surprise, given the existence of several well-established players in the field and the enormous cost involved in designing and manufacturing an all-new powerplant.
PowerJet, the 50/50 partnership between France’s Snecma and Russia’s NPO Saturn, successfully ran up the first SaM146 engine for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 on July 9 at the Rybinsk test and assembly facility.
Sensor expert Auxitrol (Hall 1 Stand B11) is benefiting from rapid production ramp-up in several engine programs. Products from the Bourges, France-based company are incorporated in the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F and PW615F engines, which power the Eclipse 500 and Cessna Citation Mustang very light jets, respectively.
Superjet 100–Plans for the airplane known until July as the Russian Regional Jet appeared to have crystallized early this year, when Sukhoi published a schedule that calls for final assembly of the first prototype in November, completion of the static-test aircraft in December, first flight in September of next year and Russian certification in October 2008.
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