New center for the production of helicopter engine assemblies based on UEC-UMPO
On July 17, 2020, PJSC "United Engine Corporation" (UEC) of Rostec State Corporation opened a new center for the production of helicopter engine assemblies based on PJSC "UEC-UMPO" in Ufa, its design capacity is up to 350 engine sets per year. The center, which includes four production sites, is equipped with hundreds of pieces of modern digital equipment. This is the first specialized production of such a scale in Russia; 8.7 billion rubles have been invested in its creation.
The new industrial site is focused on the production of units for serial and advanced helicopter engines in the power class up to 5 thousand hp. - VK-2500, TV3-117, VK-650V, VK-1600V for civil and combat helicopters, including machines of the world's most massive series Mi-8/17, attack Mi-28 and Ka-52, as well as multi-purpose Ka -226T and Ka-62.
In the first section, free turbines, nozzle devices of the third stage and nozzle devices of the compressor turbine of the VK-2500 engine are manufactured and assembled. The second section is focused on the manufacture of parts, assembly units and units of combustion chambers. The third is specialized in medium and small parts made of steel and titanium alloys. The fourth will produce gearboxes made of aluminum and magnesium alloys.
“This is a modern high-tech center, which was created as part of the import substitution program and the expansion of serial production of helicopter engines in Russia. The latest equipment has been installed here, modern production technologies have been introduced, which reduce labor costs by 25% and increase labor productivity. Investments in the project amounted to 8.7 billion rubles, ”said Vladimir Artyakov, First Deputy General Director of Rostec State Corporation.
The center is equipped with numerically controlled machines, high-tech machining centers and unique equipment for welding and soldering.
There are robotic systems for welding parts and assemblies in a controlled atmosphere, a unique control and testing facility for determining the flow characteristics of engines, created by UEC-UMPO specialists, and other machines.
The center also introduced digital technologies for electronic document management, warehouse automation, equipment monitoring.
“310 units of the latest equipment have been installed at the new production site. Already next year we plan to reach the design capacity - up to 350 engine kits per year for the hot section of VK-2500 and TV3-117 helicopter engines will be produced here. The Center also has the necessary capacities to participate in international cooperation projects - both in the development of engines and in the joint manufacture of components, ”said Alexander Artyukhov, Director General of UEC.
Now the center employs 350 people, in the future the staff will be doubled. Recruitment and training of employees is currently underway. For their preparation, on the basis of the UEC-UMPO, the Center for Professional Education of the Aviation Cluster of Rostec State Corporation is being created - a separate building with an area of 14.5 thousand square meters. m, which will house 150 units of training equipment. It is planned to train about 2 thousand people here annually.
Another press release from Rostec Group, issued on the same day, says:
Another key direction in the current activities of UEC-UMPO is the production of parts for VK-2500 helicopter engines, the final assembly of which is carried out by their developer, UEC-Klimov. The Ufa enterprise is responsible for the production of about 32% of components - more than 900 parts and assembly units for VK-2500 and VK-2500P (PS). To implement the program in UEC-UMPO in 2020, four modern production and technological centers were commissioned.