Zhukhovsky (Moscow): Sukhoi plans to complete the certification of SuperJet-100 and begin first deliveries by the end of this year, the corporation’s head Mikhail Pogosyan has said.
“We should complete all procedures and begin making the first supplies to customers before the end of 2009. This is our priority,” he said.
Russian and French manufacturers of the SaM-146 engines for the plane are also confident that their certification would also be completed by the end of the year.
The engines are made and certified by the joint venture PowerJet created by French SNECMA and Russian Saturn.
PowerJet director-general Jean-Paul Ebanga said the engine is an alloy of new and tested technologies based on the experience of using the most successful CFM-56 engine in the history of civil aviation.
The SaM-146 engine worked 4,200 hours during certification testing, including 1,600 hours aboard the flying laboratory and SuperJet-100 planes.
Oboronprom director-general Andrei Reus said “increased attention” is given to the certification of the new engine.
SuperJet-100 will in the future provide the basis for a whole family of planes, including transport and special purpose planes. However, the main goal now is certification of the plane and serial production of 60-70 planes annually.
The Sukhoi SuperJet-100 family consists of two types of aircraft of basic and increased flying ranges with the carrying capacity of 75 and 95 passengers respectively.