NPO Saturn delivers the 100th SaM136 engine to Komsomolsk-on-Amur

February 20, 2014, Rybinsk  Today the NPO Saturn assembly line delivered the 100th serial SaM146 engine for the SSJ100 airplane to Komsomolsk-on-Amur to KNAAZ for Sukhoi Civil Airplanes. Sixty-four engines have already been delivered to foreign and Russian clients as part of aircraft.

The program to create the SaM146 engine for the mid-range SSJ100 aircraft was developed in accordance with the set pace. The SaM146 engine (model 1S17) was certified under EASA and AR MAK standards in the summer of 2010 and for about three years has been in commercial operation on the SSJ100 airplanes.

On January 17, 2012 the SaM146 model 1S18 with increased thrust intended for use on the SSJ100-95 increased-range airplane, was certified under EASA standards.

On April 12, 2012 NPO Saturn obtained a certificate of approval for production from EASA. One year previous (January 2011), Saturn had obtained the same certificate from AR MAK.

As of February 20, 2014, the total accumulated hours worked by the fleet of SaM146 engines was more than 78,000, and more than 51,000 cycles. The main indicators of reliability for the engines are within international standards and global practice of operation of modern aviation engines, in particular, the reliability indicator for on-time flights with the engine is 99.94%.

Today the SSJ100 is in operation with airlines in four countries; its routes include about 70 airports in 23 countries.

The main operators of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 with SaM146 engines are: Aeroflot Russian Airlines, which operates 10 planes, InterJet (Mexico), which currently has taken delivery of five planes with a further four being prepared for the client, Sky Aviation (Indonesia) with three planes, Moskoviya, which has two planes in operation and is awaiting a third, Yakutiya, which has two planes, Lao Central Airlines (Laos) with one plane, Gazpromavia which has already received three planes and is expecting to begin commercial operation in February 2014, and a further six planes are transferred to the lessor and are in negotiations with potential operators.

Thanks to state support and attracting its own funds, NPO Saturn has implemented modern technologies, built and implemented into operation new capacity for development, production, and operational support of the SaM146.

To create a system of client support and aftersales servicing for the engines in Russia and France the company has certified functioning training centers to train personnel in servicing SaM146 engines, and has organized warehouses for the distribution of spare parts. There is certification on the FAVT and AR MAK standards for repair. NPO Saturn at present is in the process of certifying its repair services under EASA standards.

In accordance with the requirements of the SSJ100 producer, Sukhoi Civil Airplanes, NPO Saturn is carrying out measures for the systematic expansion of engine production of the SaM146, which already by next year will allow the company to achieve production volumes of more than 100 engines per year.

At the meeting marking the launch of the 100th SaM146 engine, 34 Saturn employees were rewarded for their great personal contributions to the development and creation of the engine in mass production.

Director of the SaM146 program at NPO Saturn Mikhail Berdennikov:

Today we are in the assembly facility. The backdrop is the line where they repair and produce the D30-KP engine  a legendary, flawlessly functioning engine, but one that is nevertheless on its way out. That is the past  this is the future. And we are proud of our future...

Delivery of the 100th serial SaM146 engine is a unique event, primarily because there was previously nothing like it in Russia. The SaM146 is the only domestic engine certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the fact that in three years we have tripled production of this engine is a great success  on growth rates we are within the very highest industry standards. Whats more, this engine is special for us because it was made differently from previous engines in the Soviet Union and in Russia. All the processes, design, and certification work was done in a new way. Through this program Saturn gained new competencies, and most importantly raised a new generation of specialists who think and work differently than their predecessors. The SaM146 engine has proven itself brilliantly in operation, and this is the best confirmation that we made it well.

Deputy managing director for conversion and international cooperation at NPO Saturn Kristel Gai:

We are present at a special event. This is the result of joint work between representatives of various services of Saturn and Snecma. I believe that today we should be proud of what we have achieved, all of us  the SaM146 is a source of pride for the whole company. Each person has played a role in ensuring a product of the highest quality, and delivering it to the client promptly on time.

Despite all my respect for our previous achievements (and this 100th engine is the proof of one of them), I would like to talk about potential projects, about the future that awaits us.

We are incredibly fortunate: we are in a market that is on the way up. This market is growing at 4-5% per year, and these rates are expected to continue for the next 20 years, with a 10-year forecast for the market in engine-building rated at around 800 billion dollars. And the SaM146 is a product that has opened new opportunities for Saturn to penetrate into this promising market.

For information

The SaM146 engine was developed by NPO Saturn together with French company Snecma, and is an integrated power unit (including an engine, nacelle, and detachable equipment), developed specially for application on the next generation of mid-range aircraft.

The SaM146 program was built on principles of strategic partnership with division of risks and takings on a partnership basis in all aspects. Within the division of responsibilities NPO Saturn is responsible for planning the low-pressure circuit components, making them, and carrying out special tests of these components, as well as responsibility for engine assembly, providing for and conducting all kinds of terrestrial testing, and delivering the engine to the client. Snecma is responsible for planning and making the high-pressure circuit components, overall supervision of the development and integration of the engine systems, and for conducting flight tests on the engine and the integration of the power unit with the aircraft.

The SaM146 is the first engine made in Russia to receive the international EASA certificate. The first application for the SaM146 is on the Sukhoi Superjet 100 family of aircraft, created by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sukhoi), together with Alenia (Italy).

The engine has been developed and certified. All characteristics have been confirmed. Measures on post-certification refinement are planned and in place, connected with conducting life-cycle testing, work to optimize parameters, minimize weight, and conduct measures to improve consumer characteristics and the engines operational reliability.

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 military and civil marine vessels. It is part of the Russian Industrialists Union, the Yaroslavl regional department of which is headed by NPO Saturn managing director I. N. Fedorov.

NPO Saturn is part of the United Engine Corporation and is the head of the Engines for Civil Aviation division, a UEC business unit founded 09.12.2012 and comprised of NPO Saturn, Aviadvigatel, PMZ, Metallist-PM, Energetik-PM, REMOS-PM, Motorservice-PM, and Zheleznedorozhnik-PM.

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 UECs 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), engine-building (UEC), and other assets.

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, which currently include eight 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.