UEC presents the book Vladimir Klimov

Klimov, the United Engine Corporation, and Politechnika publishing house (St. Petersburg) presented a new book in the series ‘Famous engineers of Russia, 20th century’, highlighting one of the founders of the Russian school of aviation engine building — Vladimir Yakovlevich Klimov. This publication is the first event in a cycle of celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Klimov company, taking place this year.

At the presentation, the author Lyubov Kalinina presented to the guests, who included employees of the company, production veterans, and representatives from the science community, the results of her joint work with Irina Klimova, the great engineer’s daughter. The manuscript was prepared more than ten years ago after many conversations, as well as recollections from people who knew Vladimir Yakovlevicha Klimov well in his work in Leningrad, Moscow, Ufa, and Rybinsk. The book contains many illustrations (photographs and drawings) and is based on in-depth study in domestic archives of previously unpublished material.

“Chief engineer Vladimir Klimov was indisputably a leading figure in domestic engine building. He entered the pages of history with his high-volume aviation engine M-105, which during WWII powered 90% of the USSR’s fighting aircraft. Klimov was not only an engine designer, but also a great organizer who could arrange its mass production in the most difficult circumstances in wartime, and train a whole constellation of domestic engine builders,” said Klimov executive director Aleksandr Vatagin. “It pleases me that we are opening this 100-year anniversary of our company with the presentation of a book about this unique individual. In this publication of the biography the engineer — thanks to the authors Lyubov Kalinina and Irina Klimova — has gotten a special ‘female’ perspective.”

The author, Lyubov Kalinina, thanks everyone who took part in bringing the book to reality. “Vladimir Klimov’s legacy has not diminished over time, and it remains an asset today, as his work is perpetuated in engines, factories, and people,” she said. “And this is wonderful, that we have had the opportunity to talk about this to a wide audience and, most importantly, to the young generation of engine builders.”

About the Author

Lyubov Olegovna Kalinina is a candidate of philological sciences. Since 2005 she has headed the press service at NPO Saturn, also a part of the United Engine Corporation. Over these years under her leadership and with her constant participation they have published 15 books about the history, events, and people of Saturn. Previously, in her twelve years of working as the head of the press center at Aeroflot Russian Airlines, she published her first book highlighting the subject of aviation engine building — Twelve Chapters from the Life of Pavel Solovyev (1997, Perm), which included the last conversations with Pavel Solovyev, for many years the head of the Perm design bureau Aviadvigatel. In 2008 she published a book on the 100th anniversary of the birth of chief designer Arkhip Mikhailovich Lyulko, created together with NPO Saturn employees and his daughter, Larisa Arkhipovna Lyulka. Later, in 2011 under the leadership of Lyubov Olegovna there was the publication highlighting the 95th anniversary of NPO Saturn, presenting the fates of 95 dynasties of eminent people who had worked on the factory and left an indelible mark in the history of its developing. In this period as a result of work with the engineer’s daughter, Irina Vladimirovna Klimova, she prepared for printing the manuscript of the book about the founder of Russian engine-building — Vladimir Klimov (2002), which was published at the end of 2013 with support from Klimov and NPO Saturn and financial support from the United Engine Corporation. Therefore the author’s attention has been focused on leading Russian engineers and on three of UEC’s largest aviation engine manufacturers, in Perm, Rybinsk, and St. Petersburg.

Klimov is the leading Russian design company developing gas — turbine engines. It specialises in the development, production, and servicing of turboshaft engines for helicopters, as well as turbo-jet engines for fighter jets. Klimov’s key competency is planning turbo-reactive engines for the KB Milya and Kamov helicopters (Mi-8/Mi-17, Mi-28 Night hunter, Ka-50 Black Shark and Ka-52, the new Mi-38). More than 90% of the Russian helicopter fleet is equipped with Klimov-developed engines, and they are also in operation in the special Rossiya flying division on helicopters of the Russian president. The Turboreactive engines developed by Klimov are in operation on the current MiG-29 fighter jets and the MiG-35 (under development).

United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. UEC includes more than 85% of leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and servicing of gas turbine technology, as well as key companies — selectors of the industry. One of UEC’s priorities is implementing comprehensive development programs for the industry with new technologies meeting international standards

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

Rostech 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 organizations including 8 holdings in the military-industrial complex, and five in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent regions of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. Its 2012 turnover was 931 billion rubles, with net profit of 38.5 billion rubles. It paid a total of 109 billion rubles in taxes at all budget levels.