Key Points:

  • The test prototype of Russia's SJ-100 Superjet successfully completed its first flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, with stable operations confirmed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

  • The aircraft incorporates various domestically-produced systems and technologies, including avionics and fire protection systems, emphasizing Russia's technological independence.

  • The initial prototype uses French-Russian SaM146 engines, while a second prototype set to undergo trials will feature Russia's own PD-8 engines.

Domestically-produced SJ-100 Passenger Aircraft Makes Maiden Flight

MOSCOW — The SJ-100 Superjet, produced by Yakovlev JSC, achieved a milestone by successfully completing its inaugural flight in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia. This significant development was announced by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, stating that the test run confirmed the plane's stable handling, operation, and overall stability.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov underscored that the project showcases Russia's ability to utilize homegrown technologies. "We've successfully integrated our own design solutions and technologies across various sectors, ranging from avionics to fire protection systems," Manturov said.

United Aircraft Corporation CEO Yury Slyusar also highlighted the broader implications of the project, declaring it a "testament to Russia's technological self-sufficiency." Slyusar added, "Our primary aim now is to obtain full Russian certification for the plane and initiate regular shipments to airlines."

To expedite the trial program, the first prototype was equipped with SaM146 French-Russian engines. However, future trials are set to feature a second prototype running on Russia's own PD-8 engines, which are currently being evaluated on a test stand and within the Il-76LL flying laboratory. "About 40 systems and components have been replaced on the Superjet with domestically-produced counterparts," the Ministry noted.

According to the Ministry, the prototype exhibited reliable performance across all domestically-produced systems during the trials. The advanced aircraft incorporates numerous indigenous design solutions, including gear, auxiliary power units, electric power supply systems, and air conditioning, among others.

The development signifies a robust step towards Russia's goal of technological independence in aerospace. "This endeavor has primarily proven to ourselves that we can develop and produce modern civilian planes using our own technology, without relying on imported solutions," said Slyusar.