Serdyukov: aircraft industry is likely to face large-scale reform
The RIA Novosti news agency, under the heading "Anatoly Serdyukov: the aircraft industry is likely to expect large-scale reform," published an interview with Anatoly Serdyukov, director of the aviation cluster of Rostec State Corporation
Aircraft manufacturing in Russia is at a turning point: the United Aircraft Corporation is entering Rostec, the combat, transport, strategic and civil aviation divisions are being formed, and enterprises are being audited. Anatoly Serdyukov, head of the Rostec State Aviation Cluster, during an MAKS-2019 air show, gave an interview to RIA Novosti Alexei Panshin, in which he talked about a possible large-scale reform of the industry, about reductions in managers at the UAC, as well as about the timing of creating the “second stage” engine for Su -57.
Ι have selected below the questions-answers part related to military aviation
- Anatoly Eduardovich, how is the UAC joining Rostec going? When will all necessary activities be completed? Do you meet deadlines?
- Now there is an audit and assessment of UAC enterprises, we expect to complete these processes by the end of the year. The legal completion of the asset transfer is planned for the second quarter of 2020.
- Have you signed a contract with China to create a new generation heavy helicopter AHL? If not, when is signing expected?
- Russian Helicopters and Avicopter have indeed completed negotiations on a contract for the creation of a heavy helicopter and agreed on all contract documents. Now the contract is undergoing approval by the government of the People’s Republic of China. We look forward to signing it soon.
- At what stage of the second stage engine test for the Su-57? When will they be completed and when will it be installed on production aircraft?
- The creation of the second stage engine for the Su-57 aircraft is planned to be completed within the time agreed upon with the customer. At the moment, prototypes of the engine are being tested, resource and special types of tests are being conducted. Installation on production aircraft will be possible after the completion of the OCD.
- Is OCD open for a promising combat helicopter? If not, when is it planned to open it?
- Development work on the creation of a promising combat helicopter has not yet been opened. Earlier, the Russian Helicopters holding successfully completed research work to determine the appearance of a promising combat helicopter. As a result, the customer chose the classic "Milevskaya" one, and negotiations are underway for further stages of work. Their terms will depend on the decision of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
- There was information that the Ministry of Defense and Russian Helicopters could not agree on the price of the Mi-28NM. How was this issue settled in the end? Holding made concessions to the main customer?
- The price of any product, especially such a high-tech as a new combat helicopter, always consists of many components. Last but not least, the question depends on the supply of many participants in the cooperation - in particular, engines, electronic equipment, weapons systems and other expensive components. Russian Helicopters Holding has carried out the relevant work together with suppliers, which allowed the final price to be approved for products that suit both the customer and the manufacturer.
- What is happening with the contract for the supply of India 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters planned for signing? Will it be signed or not? If yes, then when?
- The contract is not signed. Deliveries of the Mi-17V-5 will begin immediately after signing the contract and in accordance with the delivery schedule agreed by the parties. The project itself has already been agreed.
- Recently, Sergey Chemezov announced that the engine for Ansat will be ready in four years. Are the terms too ambitious?
- This is a realistic timeline. UEC started developing a new helicopter engine in the 400-700 horsepower class in 2018, the project is moving on schedule. The engine will be designed for installation on light Ka-226, Ansat type multipurpose helicopters, as well as on promising foreign platforms with a take-off weight of 3-3.6 tons. Its certification is scheduled for 2023.
- Alexander Inozemtsev reported that it is planned to create an engine for the An-124 Ruslan based on the gas generator of the promising PD-35. When will such an engine be created? What will it be called?
- It’s too early to talk about specific dates and the name of the engine. Indeed, the unified gas generator being developed for the PD-35 will have all the necessary characteristics to create a power plant for the An-124 Ruslan on its basis. But, let me remind you, his trials will begin only in 2021. At the same time, the UEC has all the necessary scientific, technical and production potential in order to ensure the development and creation of such a power plant.
- When will an engine be created for a promising supersonic aircraft based on the Tu-160, the creation of which Putin ordered to begin? Will it be a fundamentally new power plant or will an existing motor be taken as the basis?
- At the moment, talking about the creation of such an engine is premature, the task of developing it has not been set. Note that UEC has all the necessary scientific and technical potential to create a power plant for such an aircraft. In the case of setting such a task, the corporation is ready to create a highly efficient power plant using all the advanced technologies mastered in the implementation of other projects.