Russia's SPSV nears completion with one certification stage remaining

  • Navigator is close to delivering Russia's first domestic collision-avoidance system, SPSV.
  • The system has already cleared three out of four certification stages under Russian aviation norms.
  • The SPSV is designed to improve flight safety, provide transponder functions, and comply with international benchmarks.

MOSCOW — Navigator, a recognized expert in Russian avionics, is on track to introduce the country's inaugural homegrown collision-avoidance mechanism by the close of this year. Identified as SPSV, the system has successfully maneuvered through three of the mandated four certification phases tailored to Russian aviation equipment.

Sergei Baburov, Navigator's director general, has articulated the organization's vision to incorporate the SPSV into the ongoing series production of the Irkut Superjet by 2023's conclusion. Commenting on the comprehensive nature of the system, Baburov remarked, “Achieving the product airworthiness certificate remains an ongoing effort, especially given the system’s intricacy and its pivotal role in preserving flight safety.”

To affirm the efficacy of SPSV, Navigator has orchestrated multiple flight tests, differing in durations. These were specifically designed to evaluate how adeptly the system monitors nearby traffic, produces crucial alert messages for aviators, and offers piloting recommendations. Furthermore, the company asserts that the SPSV is furnished with both transponder and ADS-B observation capabilities. More impressively, it not only aligns with global norms but also seamlessly integrates with an assortment of conventional and high-velocity data portals.

Concurrently, Irkut, renowned for producing the Superjet 100, has commenced the assembly of its successor, the SSJ-New, which prominently features a greater number of Russian-sourced parts.