Site news 18.04.2013
April, 18 2013, Rybinsk. – Today NPO Saturn shipped the 60th engine to the customer since the beginning of serial production of the SaM146 engines that power Sukhoi Superjet 100. Whereas the previous year saw only 30 engines assembled and delivered to the customer in the frame of the Russian-French SaM146 engine partnership, the current year pursues the goal of producing and delivering to the customer of already 52 SaM146 engines. The production volume is revised on a monthly basis based on the real needs coming from the customer – ZAO Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC).
According to Mikhail Berdennikov, SaM146 program director delegated by NPO Saturn, “the SaM146 program is developing progressively and it is as full of energy as never before. Each year we more or less double the production volume which corresponds to the best world practices in aircraft engine building. So far we have been able to fully satisfy the needs of our customer – ZAO Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company in the engines to power the SSJ-100 aircraft assembled at the SCAC Komsomolsk-upon-Amur production site, and I think that is the main result of the tremendous work started at the end of 2011 seeking to expand the NPO Saturn SaM146 serial engine production capacity.
The first results are positive however we cannot content ourselves on them. Because just as in the previous years, the production volume will be only be increasing approximately twice every year to be able to ultimately reach the capacity of 150 SaM146 engines over the 2015-2016 period.
The SaM146 engine program is an equal-contribution collaboration program between the Russian NPO Saturn and the French Snecma (Safran Group) focused on design, production and market promotion of the new propulsion system entitled SaM146 to power regional-to-medium-haul new-generation aircraft. The project is given high priority and is equally supported at the level of the Russian and French governments.
The SaM146 program is built on the principles of a strategic risk and revenue-sharing partnership in every aspect of the program. As far as the responsibility sharing is concerned, NPO Saturn is in charge of design of the engine low-pressure section, its fabrication and running dedicated tests of parts and sub-assemblies as well as of the final engine assembly, engine dressing and the entire range of ground tests before it ships the engine to the customer. At the same time, Snecma handles the design and manufacturing of the engine high-pressure section, administers overall design supervision and engine systems integration; it is also in charge of running the flight tests and the propulsion system/airframe integration.
Research and Production Association Saturn JSC is an engine-building company specialized in design, manufacture and after sales support of gas-turbine engines for military and civil aviation, the Navy boats and power-generation and gas-pumping installations. NPO Saturn JSC is a part of the United Engine Corporation Managing Company JSC.
United Engine Corporation Managing Company JSC is a subsidiary of the United Industrial Company OBORONPROM JSC. The Company integrates over 85% of Russia’s leading companies specialized in design and development, serial production and service support of gas-turbine machinery, as well as the key enterprises – the industry’s integral players. One of the UEC’s prioritized fields of activity is the implementation of comprehensive programs of development of the companies within the industry with introduction of the world-class new technology.
United Industrial Company OBORONPROM JSC is a diversified machine-building group of companies founded in 2002. It is a part of Russian Technologies State Corporation. Key businesses: helicopter production (Russian Helicopters JSC), engine production (UEC) and other assets.