The ceremony awarding Saturn with an Aviation Register certificate from the Interstate Aviation Committee of Russia for repair of the SaM146 engine took place at the United Engine Corporation stand, where Saturn’s exhibit was also presented.
The AR IAC certificate for repair of the SaM146 engine was presented to Saturn managing director Ilya Fedorov by Tatyana Anodina, Russian representative of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC). This certificate confirms that NPO Saturn meets all of the AR IAC’s requirements as a repair organization for the SaM146 engine.
Accepting the document that allows Saturn to carry out repairs on the engine that is already in mass production, Ilya Fedorov noted, “The receipt of this certificate is the last step in the many phases of creating our engine. We already have certificates for development, production, and launch of the SaM146, and today we have gained the official right to conduct repairs on this engine, in other words Saturn can now legally take on the role of repair organization for the SaM146 engine. This certificate confirms that our company meets all the AR IAC requirements.”
“The certificate gives Saturn the right to legitimately repair the SaM146 engine, which Saturn is producing in partnership with Snecma,” confirmed Alexander Donchenko, AR IAC Director General, who was also present at the awards ceremony. “As the engine is used, repairs will eventually become necessary, but it would be inexpedient to constantly send the engines off to France for repairs. Saturn can now carry out repairs with its own resources.”
This is not the last stage of official certification for the company with regards to the SaM146 engine. Saturn is still awaiting one more certificate for repair, from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). That certificate, as noted by Ilya Fedorov, is planned to be obtained before the end of 2011.
NPO Saturn is an engine-building company specializing in the development, production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, electrical generating and gas transport facilities, and navy and civil vessels. Saturn is part of the United Engine Corporation, a subsidiary of OPK “OBORONPROM”, specializing in engine-building assets management.
OJSC OPK “OBORONPROM” is a diversified machine-building group founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies State Corporation. Its primary business lines are helicopter-building (Russian Helicopters, JSC), engine-building (MC “UEC”), and other assets. In 2010 the corporation’s proceeds exceeded 170 billion rubles.