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Rostec successfully tests new PD-14 engine

The United Engine Corporation, a subsidiary of Rostec State Corporation, has successfully completed the second stage of flight tests of the Russian civil aircraft engine, the fifth-generation PD-14.

PD-14 is a basic turbojet for the MS-21 airliner, and uses the latest technologies and materials, including composites. It is the first engine for the commercial airliners that has been successfully designed and developed in Russia. The PD-14 flight tests were conducted on IL-76 flying testbed at the M M Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky, in the Moscow Oblast region.

"Successful testing of the PD-14 engine is a significant stage in the implementation of the program aimed at increasing the share of domestic components in our civil aircraft," said Anatoly Serdyukov, industrial director of the aviation cluster at Rostec State Corporation.

"The creation of this type of turbo engine will equip them with one of the most important developments in the history of domestic aircraft construction – the medium-range MS-21 aircraft."

The trials’ major aim was to confirm the working efficiency of the engine within the different altitude and speed conditions in which it will be operated on the MS-21 airliner, and to assess the level of its operational performance. At this moment, the engine is being re-assembled to resume its tests on the ground stands.

May 30, 2017

Written by Michael Jones


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