Import-substituted Superjet performed its maiden flight


Import-substituted Superjet performed its maiden flight
Russian SJ-100 regional jet prototype, manufactured by Yakovlev Production Center (part of PJSC UAC of Rostec State Corporation), has performed its maiden flight. The tests confirmed stable operation of all Russian-made systems, aircraft flight control and stability.  
The aircraft was piloted by a crew consisting of test pilots Leonid Chikunov and Dmitry Dementiev, as well as test engineer Denis Velizhanin. The flight lasted 54 minutes at altitudes up to 3,000 m and speeds up to 343 km/h. According to the flight mission, the crew tested the aircraft flight control and stability, cabin pressure control system and also performed landing through clouds and a missed approach operation.  
"The first flight of the Superjet developed under the import substitution program is success of thousands of Rostec State Corporation teams, specifically of aircraft manufacturing and radio-electronic industries. Russian developers and manufacturers managed to implement and supply their own design solutions and technologies to the aircraft, including avionics, landing gear, auxiliary power unit, integrated control system, as well as power supply systems, air conditioning, fire protection and many others," said Denis Manturov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation – Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.
A total of 40 systems and units have been substituted on the import-independent Superjet.  
“Today's flight of the Superjet with Russian systems is the result of great common efforts of the design team and factory personnel, who designed, assembled and got off the ground actually a new plane in short time even in terms of global aviation industry,” said Yury Slyusar, General Director of United Aircraft Corporation. “This is the best demonstration of national technological self-sufficiency. We have proved, primarily to ourselves, that we can design and make modern civil aircraft independently without involving foreign technologies.”  
In order to accelerate the test program, the first jet prototype uses Franco-Russian SaM146 engines. The second prototype will start the flight test program already with Russian-made PD-8 engines.  
"The import substitution program started in 2019, and today we understand how just and far-sighted this decision was. Considering the experience of developing, certifying and operating more than 200 Superjet aircraft over the past years, this jet embodies all advanced developments of national aviation industry. Four years have passed from the start of the preliminary design to the first flight – given the amount of design work, this is close to a record time, in line with the world's leading manufacturers. The same amount of time, for example, was spent on development of the A320neo, and on the Boeing 737max – even more," said Andrey Boginskiy, Deputy General Director for Civil Aviation of the UAC, General Director of PJSC Yakovlev.

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