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    Post  JohninMK on Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:44 pm

    Clearly one of life's optimists. Didn't he hear rumours that Congress regarded Russia as on step below the Devil, or that they impose sanctions anywhere they can?

    Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) on Monday expressed hope that the United States would green-light the deliveries of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ100) airliners to Iran.

    LE BOURGET (France) (Sputnik) – In February, 2016, UAC Vice-President Vladislav Masalov said the delivery of these planes to Iran could only be made after the approval of US component manufacturers.

    "We are working on this. We have a ray of hope, as the United States gave a 100-percent permit to Dreamliner and Boeing 777, if I am not mistaken. This is why, if they had approved their own plane, we hope that they will also approve the aircraft with 6 percent of US [components]," UAC President Yury Slyusar said.

    On April 2, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Iran had shown interest in purchasing 100 SSJ100 passenger planes, but only 12 aircraft were agreed upon.

    In December, Iran Air finalized a deal on the purchase of 80 aircraft from Boeing and is expected to receive 50 Boeing 737 and 30 Boeing 777 aircraft over the next 10 years.

    The SSJ100 is a twin-engine plane made by Russia's Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. It can transport up to 98 passengers and fly distances of up to 2,700 miles. The cost for one aircraft is around $36 million in its basic configuration. The jet made its maiden flight in May 2008.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:26 am

    Time to dump that 6% and never bother cooperating with US companies on things you actually want to sell...
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    Post  Austin on Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:01 pm

    Funny now Sukhoi says SSJ-100 SV plan is cancelled and they will be building 130 Seat SSJ-130NG

    Sukhoi Plans Next-Generation Superjet


    http://aviationweek.com/paris-air-show-2017/sukhoi-plans-next-generation-superjet



    Sukhoi Superjet 100 celebrates its 10th anniversary since rollout this year, but the Russian manufacturer already is already planning a new generation of this regional jet. The SSJ 100, with extended capacity, new wing and new engine, is expected to appear after 2025, Vladislav Masalov, the new president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Corp. (SCAC), told ShowNews.

    He explained that the SSJ 100 modernization will be done in several stages. The first effort till 2020 calls for the improvement of the current aircraft. “This includes the improvement of runway performance and airframe reliability and retrofit under the requirements of the European SESAR air traffic management project,” explained Masalov.


    He said that the next step will be the development of a completely new 130-seat platform with a new wing by 2023. The previous effort to expand the capacity of the existing airframe, known as SSJ-100SV (stretched version), has been abandoned.

    The large aircraft will require a new powerplant. The existing SSJ 100 has a single-engine option – SaM146, manufactured by French Safran in cooperation with Russia’s United Engines (UEC) – but the future modification may have a Russian powerplant.

    “We will talk with both Safran and UEC. The latter plans to scale down the PD-14 engine for 7 to 9 tons thrust,” explains Masalov, who headed the Russian engine manufacturer in 2012–15. The 14-tons-thrust PD-14 designed for Russia’s MC-21 narrowbody airliner is being flight-tested now, with certification planned for 2018–19.

    After the new powerplant is selected, it will also be used to re-engine the current 100-seat aircraft. This enables Sukhoi to offer to the market de facto a new family consisting of 100- and 130-seat variants after 2025. “We will have a new regional aircraft with flight range, operational efficiency and runway requirements significantly improved to satisfy the market demand,” mentioned Masalov.

    He explained that this modernization program has yet to be approved by the board of United Aircraft Corp. (the parent company of SCAC), following discussion with leasing companies, airlines and key suppliers. The program cost is estimated at about RUB60 billion (roughly US$1.1 billion) with 50 to 60% of this sum to be financed by SCAC. “But approval or disapproval of this program doesn’t rule out the improvement of the aircraft’s basic version,” Masalov said, adding that the company allocated RUB1.5 billion for this effort for this year.

    The SSJ 100 modernization plan was announced shortly after Sukhoi took full control of the program after Italian Finmeccanica reduced its participation to only a 10% stake in Venice, Italy–based joint venture SuperJet International, the latter offering SSJ 100 customization for Western customers, as well as training and after-sales support.

    According to Masalov, SCAC’s main priorities are now the increase of sales and improvement of after-sales support. The Russian manufacturer expects additional orders from two major SSJ operators – Russia’s largest carrier, Aeroflot, and Mexican Interjet – as well as to launch a re-marketing scheme with Russian GTLK State Transport Leasing Company for Russian carriers. “So the annual output of 35 airframes we are planning for the next several years is very much achievable,” Masalov hopes.

    Ten years after the SSJ 100 rollout, SCAC is preparing to build its 150th airframe. The manufacturer delivered 26 aircraft in 2016, and 25 in 2015. For the past few years, the program enjoyed strong financial support from the Russian government, which provided the company with resources to cover its financial debt and subsidized the aircraft leasing to Russian airlines. The sales plan for this year stands at 34 aircraft, with a further 38 and 37 airframes to be sold in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

    More than 120 aircraft are now in operation in Russia, Mexico, Thailand, Kazakhstan and Europe. At the beginning of June, Irish carrier CityJet, which became the SSJ 100’s first European operator, received its sixth aircraft of the type. It wet-leased the jetliner to another European operator, Brussels Airlines, that already operates two Russian aircraft. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft is at Chalet 349.—Maxim Pyadushkin

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    Post  Austin on Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:13 pm

    PARIS: Superjet confident of securing orders fast

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/paris-superjet-confident-of-securing-orders-fast-437966/


    A larger and improved Superjet is coming after 2020, but the new head of civil aircraft at United Aircraft Corporation is not waiting to restock the programme’s order backlog.


    After averaging about 20 deliveries from 2014-2016, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) has delivered 11 Superjets already this year and is on track to hand over a total of 33 aircraft to customers, according to Flight Fleets Analyzer. Only 30 orders remain in the backlog with deliveries dated beyond 2017, but SCAC is preparing to sustain aircraft shipments at an annual rate of about 35-36 through 2019, says chief executive Vladislav Masalov.

    To keep the production rate stable, Superjet needs to collect orders for around 40 new aircraft within about a year. For a regional jet programme with roughly 90 aircraft six years after entering service, that is an ambitious target to hit, but Masalov is feeling good about his chances.

    Opportunities overseas

    The export market is suddenly heating up. Iranian carriers are reportedly interested in placing an order for dozens of new Superjets. In Europe, Brussels Airlines has started operating three Superjets leased from Ireland-based CityJet, a potential breakthrough in Superjet International’s attempts to open the Western Europe market.

    "We expect that operations in Brussels will attract interest from other European Airlines, although we may now also tell about certain interest form other European companies to our aircraft," Masalov says. "We and CitiJet are agreed to sign a further five deliveries of Superjet. By the end of this year we’ll deliver all eight aircraft agreed."

    Negotiations with Air France were expected to begin during the second quarter. Russian media reported in February 2016 that the SkyTeam carrier was intended to wet lease the 98-seat regional jet from CityJet, but no deal materialised.

    "In the second quarter this year we plan to restart negotiations with Air France on wet lease operations for Superjet from CityJet," Masalov says.

    Within Russia, prospects appear even brighter. Seeking to restore air routes that once connected towns deep in the interior, the federal government has committed to subsidising regional airlines using Russian Aircraft. A start-up carrier, Rostov-on-Don-based Azimuth, expects to receive four leased Superjets this summer before launching operators.

    New orders are also possible from major Russian carriers such as Oneworld alliance partner S7 Airlines. The Moscow-based airline has an agreement to lease 20 Embraer 170LRs from GECAS for domestic and international routes, but UAC believes the carrier could also add Superjets to the fleet in the near future. Rather than replace the smaller E170s, the Superjets could be used to replace a larger aircraft in the S7 fleet – 38 Airbus A319s.

    "S7 is planning to change their outdated A319 aircraft and we have prepared an initial proposal for S7," Masalov says. "In about three years S7 is planning to substitute this aircraft and we are planning to participate in these plans."

    So far, the list of sales prospects is based on the aircraft in service today that seats 98 passengers in a standard layout. UAC is designing a series of upgrade packages, including a stretch version that could seat up to 124 passengers. But Masalov says airlines are not waiting for the larger aircraft to become available before lining up for orders.

    "We haven’t had negotiations with any airlines about a stretched version as it is still in development – except for Interjet," says Masalov. "We asked them if they would be interested. They said: 'Okay, it would be interesting but only with the existing engine'."

    The Superjet first flew nine years ago with the 15,400lb-thrust (69kN) SaM-146 engines produced by PowerJet, a joint venture between Russia's Saturn and France's Snecma. To improve performance and sales, the Superjet will be upgraded in three phases stretching over the next six years, Masalov says.

    In the first phase, UAC has targeted a package of minor efficiency and system reliability improvements. In the next step, the Superjet's relatively high-aspect ratio wing will be extended slightly with winglets, while the fuselage will be lightened to improve efficiency. After 2021, UAC plans to introduce the stretched model with a 16,000lb-thrust engine.

    Engine options


    Although Interjet’s notional interest in the stretched model is contingent on preserving the SaM-146 engine, UAC is open to looking at other suppliers. Such a re-engining presents an opportunity to introduce a new Russian-made engine. United Engine Corp is developing the PD-14 engine for the Irkut MC-21, but the core could be resized for larger and smaller applications. At the moment, however, Superjet prefers to stick with existing options, including PowerJet and Pratt & Whitney.

    "We need to start our search with SaM-146 or Pratt & Whitney because of course we’re not sure the PD-14 will be ready in this short period of time to propose," Masalov says.

    PowerJet partner Safran may also be able to offer improvements to its portion of the SaM-146, he adds. Since introducing the engine, the French manufacturer has also developed the 12,000lb-thrust Silvercrest engine for the business jet market and collaborated with GE Aviation as part of the CFM International consortium to develop the Leap powerplant family.

    "I have doubts that Silvercrest will have the same power characteristics as SaM-146 but Safran may consider some experience from Silvercrest when they prepare their proposal for our aircraft," Masalov says. "Silvercrest is usually used for business jet aircraft and has other operational performance."

    The regional jet market is becoming increasingly crowded with sophisticated competitors. Embraer plans to introduce the E190-E2 into revenue service next year with P&W geared turbofan engines, a new wing and fly-by-wire flight controls. Bombardier has introduced the CS100 with a composite wing, P&W geared turbofan engines and fly-by-wire flight controls. The Superjet was designed to compete with the original E-Jet and CS100 in the 90-110-seat segment. The stretched model with an improved engine will form Superjet's response to Embraer’s latest E-Jet model.

    "We think that by 2021 to 2023 we’ll have better operational efficiency and characteristics than Embraer or Bombardier," Masalov says.
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    Post  Austin on Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:52 am

    Portfolio of UAC Civil Aircraft Program

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    Post  Austin on Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:21 am

    VASO to build two Il-96-300s, purportedly for Russian president

    Russia’s state-owned United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has ordered two Ilyushin Il-96-300 widebody airliners in special VVIP configuration from its subsidiary Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO). Both airliners are to be fitted out in the Il96-300PU(M1) “command-post” variant, similar to the aircraft currently used by the Russian president.

    The two airframes will have serial numbers 0024 and 0025, says VASO, which puts their price at 7.1 billion rubles ($118.5 million) apiece. The company’s newsletter for September 2016 read that the airliners were to be delivered in July 2018 and July 2019.

    No potential operator for the aircraft has been announced. This version of the Il-96 is currently operated only by Russia’s Special Flight Squadron (abbreviated to SLO in Russian), a government organization whose functions include transporting the head of state. The SLO took delivery of the first such airliner, serial number 0022, in July 2016.

    Last year it was reported that VASO was testing a VIP version of the IL-96-300. The aircraft, RA-96023, was also expected to be delivered to the SLO eventually.

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    Post  PapaDragon on Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:18 pm


    Wonder what took them this long

    Russia to Phase Out An-148 Jet Production After Completion of Two Aircraft

    https://sputniknews.com/russia/201706261054970297-an-148-phase-out/



    Still no fresh orders for SSJ-100. That's a bummer.
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    Post  flamming_python on Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:39 pm

    PapaDragon wrote:
    Still no fresh orders for SSJ-100. That's a bummer.

    No matter; the disposal of this 5th column technology is plenty good news enough.
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    Post  miketheterrible on Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:29 pm

    I wonder how long till Sukhoi decides to give up on SSJ-100? Doesn't seem to be a success. But I have a feeling MS-21 is going to be the same results. At this point, China and Russia should have just done JV so that it would guarantee enough sales of their own jets and everyone is happy.

    Is SSJ-100 even profitable right now?
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    Post  Austin on Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:32 pm

    SSJ-100 break even was 180 aircraft so it is a success in that it has order more than that. SSJ-100 is just starting its life pretty early on so more orders is expected , They already mentioned at Paris Airshow Aeroflot will purchase 50 SSJ-100 at MAKS

    Hopefully SSJ-130NG project gets sanctioned they has a business opportunity of 150 aircraft.

    This site has a good list of active SSJ-100 fleet manufactured so far

    https://www.planespotters.net/production-list/Sukhoi/Superjet-100

    Total 122 Aircraft manufactured till 2016

    http://aviationweek.com/paris-air-show-2017/sukhoi-plans-next-generation-superjet




    According to Masalov, SCAC’s main priorities are now the increase of sales and improvement of after-sales support. The Russian manufacturer expects additional orders from two major SSJ operators – Russia’s largest carrier, Aeroflot, and Mexican Interjet – as well as to launch a re-marketing scheme with Russian GTLK State Transport Leasing Company for Russian carriers. “So the annual output of 35 airframes we are planning for the next several years is very much achievable,” Masalov hopes.

    Ten years after the SSJ 100 rollout, SCAC is preparing to build its 150th airframe. The manufacturer delivered 26 aircraft in 2016, and 25 in 2015. For the past few years, the program enjoyed strong financial support from the Russian government, which provided the company with resources to cover its financial debt and subsidized the aircraft leasing to Russian airlines. The sales plan for this year stands at 34 aircraft, with a further 38 and 37 airframes to be sold in 2018 and 2019, respectively.


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    Post  miketheterrible on Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:38 pm

    How many orders do they have now? As well, if they get an additional 50, that is good.
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    Post  Austin on Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:44 pm

    miketheterrible wrote:How many orders do they have now? As well, if they get an additional 50, that is good.

    Check my last post in previous page

    by end of 2016 they delivered 120 Aircraft

    2017 - 34 Aircraft
    2018 - 38 Aircraft
    2019 - 37

    So by 2019 Total Superjet confirm order as per Sukhoi Chief is

    120 + 34 + 38 + 37 = 229 Aircraft

    Far higher than break even 180 and counting
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    Post  PapaDragon on Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:29 am

    miketheterrible wrote:I wonder how long till Sukhoi decides to give up on SSJ-100? Doesn't seem to be a success. But I have a feeling MS-21 is going to be the same results. At this point, China and Russia should have just done JV so that it would guarantee enough sales of their own jets and everyone is happy.

    Is SSJ-100 even profitable right now?

    They are definitely not giving up on SSJ. That plane cleared break even point long ago and is now generating pure profit.

    If what Austin said is true about order for 50 more then they are golden and they can easily focus on developing SSJ-130.

    They dropped winglet approach for 130 in favor of composite wings (some claim it will be literally MS-21 wing but could be mistranslation) and scaled down PD-14 engine.

    That one will be a doozy.
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    Post  PapaDragon on Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:38 pm


    All-composite airplane based on An-2 completed first flight:

    https://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/95779/




    Waiting for composite Yak-40 next. thumbsup
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    Post  Austin on Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:26 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/UAC.RUSSIA.EN/?hc_ref=OTHER&fref=nf

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    The program of modernization and restart of serial production of the regional airliner Il-114-300 is carried out pursuant to the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation of August 9, 2014 and November 3, 2015. The objective of this work is to provide the domestic air transport market with modern domestically manufactured aircraft in the class of passenger aircraft with 52-64 seats and up to 7 tons of payload.

    In February 2017, PJSC UAC and subsidiaries, OJSC “Il” and “RAC “MiG”, concluded contracts for development works and preparation for production under the Il-114-300 program.

    The leading manufacturer is JSC “RAC “MiG”. Their plants will manufacture aggregates and perform final assembly of the Il-114-300.

    The IL-114-300 aircraft is designed to replace imported aircraft of similar type (ATR-42, ATR-72, Q400) and old types of An-24/An-26 aircraft on the domestic routes.

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    Post  JohninMK on Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:28 am

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    Post  marat on Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:17 pm

    New SU-100.

    134th in total, 16th this year 3rd this month.

    https://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/95837/#cut
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    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:57 pm

    marat wrote:New SU-100.

    134th in total,  16th this year 3rd this month.

    https://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/95837/#cut

    Three more to go until they surpass last year's total output thumbsup
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    Post  PapaDragon on Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:56 pm


    Performance data on composite An-2 from Sputnik:

    The TVS-2DTS has a maximum flight speed of 300 km per hour (120 km per hour more than the An-2), a flight range of 2,000 km (against the An-2's 1,200 km), and a load capacity of 2,500 tons (compared to 1,500 tons for the An-2).

    That's roughly 40% improvement across the board with same or even lower fuel consumption.

    If they get anything close to this with composite Yak-40 it will be epic! thumbsup
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    Post  KiloGolf on Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:15 pm

    Rossiya seems to be well into the big boys game, picking it up after Transaero.
    Boeing heavies in use, can't go wrong with that. Big country, big planes.

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    Post  PapaDragon on Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:38 pm


    Composite An-2: officially TVS-2DTS (they seriously need to give it a better name) has got a proper paintjob and is ready for MAKS-2017:
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:39 am

    At least they are not calling it the AN-3 like they were with the pure turboprop version a while back...

    New engine and new materials and basically the same aircraft that first flew in 1947 looks like a winner...

    Wonder what its low speed handling performance is like now...
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    Post  Svyatoslavich on Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:09 am

    GarryB wrote:
    Wonder what its low speed handling performance is like now...
    Surely better: much lighter airframe + improved aerodynamics (goodbye to all those struts everywhere).
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    Post  kvs on Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:14 am

    Svyatoslavich wrote:
    GarryB wrote:
    Wonder what its low speed handling performance is like now...
    Surely better: much lighter airframe + improved aerodynamics (goodbye to all those struts everywhere).

    Indeed. They seem to have improved on the bi-plane lower wing by merging it with the upper wing. This is not
    a cosmetic feature. I suspect that this plane is even more stable than an old time bi-plane. Bi-planes are the
    most stable winged craft ever created.
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    Post  Austin on Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:51 am

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