Site news 19.08.2008
August 19, 2008, Rybinsk. Flight tests of the new AL-55I engine developed by NPO Saturn on the MiG-AT training aircraft are successfully going on In Zhukovsky (Moscow region). The MiG-AT trainer is equipped with two engines, one of which is AL-55I and the other one is Larzak of French manufacture. As of today, the aircraft performed six flights, in the course of which the AL-55I engine starts were practiced at various altitudes and operating conditions, including negative acceleration. Flights were also performed on the Larzak engine only, and only on the AL-55I engine. In this case the AL-55I starts were practiced at windmilling. The AL-55I confirmed the declared characteristics within the flying modes. Russian Federation honored test pilot Oleg Antonovich, Hero of Russia, who piloted the MiG-AT, noted perfect controllability of the engine.
On the whole, according to the first stage of the AL-55I flight tests on the MiG-AT aircraft, 30 test flights are provided. The first flight of the MiG-AT trainer equipped with the AL-55I was performed on July 28, 2008.
The AL-55I is a twin-shaft turbofan engine with a subsonic fixed area convergent exhaust nozzle.
The AL55 engine core can be used for development of a multi-purpose engine family of a similar class competitive on the Russian and foreign markets.
NPO Saturn carries out all management of development engines batch manufacture, production certification and assurance of the licensed production in India with UMPO on a parity basis.
The AL-55I engine is developed to order of HAL Corporation (India) for the HJT-36 jet trainers in the framework of implementation of the NPO Saturn international contract, which became effective on August 1, 2005.
NPO Saturn is a leading engine-building company specialized in development, manufacture and after-sales service of gas-turbine engines for military and civil aviation, Navy ships, power-generating and gas-pumping units.
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