RD-33MK engine for naval MiGs passes testing successfully

St. Petersburg, December 19, 2012

Press Release

Klimov, part of the United Engine Corporation, has received an Act for State Test Stand on RD-33MK turboshaft engine.

Klimov was also awarded the Act for State Test Stand for PD-33MK turboshaft engine. The STS for RD-33MK started in early 2012 as part of the contract with the Russian Defence Ministry. Special work to create the turboshaft engine has officially finished. Testing was conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Russian Defence Ministry. RD-33MK was created by the Klimov design firm for MiG-29K/KUB fighter jet, which will allow our country to return to the project of creating its own aircraft-carrier-based fleet. From 2013, RSK MiG will begin delivering naval MiGs with the new engines to meet the needs of the Russian Navy.

Work on creating RD-33MK began in 2004 as part of the contract to deliver MiG29K fighter jet to India. The first flight with the new engine was accomplished in 2007, and the first takeoff from an aircraft carrier was in 2009. Since 2010 MiG-2K/KB had the engine for deliveries to foreign clients.

The RD-33MK is special for its 7% increase in lift, while preserving the engine’s basic size and mass. The engine is equipped with a FADEC-style modern digital management system. It preserves the qualities of the basic model – no limits on aircraft handling inflight, and a high level of resilience.

RD-33MK can also be fitted with an injector nozzle developed by Klimov that provides thrust vector control, the use of which significantly improves the aircraft’s technical flight parameters.

Klimov is a part of the United Engine Corporation (UEC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. It is a leading Russian developer of full-cycle gas turbine engines, with its own design bureau, production facilities, and experimental lab. The company develops, manufactures, and services engines for helicopters, as well as jet engines for fighter aircraft. Klimov’s key competency as a developer is the design of turboshaft engines for Milya and Kamov helicopters (Mi-8/Mi-17, Mi-28 ‘Nochnoi Okhotnik’, the Ka-50 ‘Chernaya Akula’ and Ka-52, as well as the new Mi-38). Klimov engines cover 90% of Russia’s helicopter fleet, and are used in the special flight division Rossiya, for helicopters carrying the Russian president. The turboshaft engines developed by Klimov are used in the current MiG-29 and MiG-35 (under development).

United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. More than 85% of the leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine technology are integrated into UEC, as well as key companies in other selected fields. One of UEC’s priority directions is implementing comprehensive programs for developing companies by implementing new technologies that meet international standards.

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies founded in 2002. It is a part of the Russian Technologies. Its primary activities include helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), engine-building (UEC), and other assets.

Russian Technologies is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663, 12 of which are holdings forming in the military-industrial complex, and five – in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. The CEO is Sergei Viktorovich Chemezov.

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