The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia for the first time showed the Russian PD-8 aircraft engine, which will replace foreign engines on SSJ-100 and Be-200 aircraft. Work on the creation of a Russian engine with a thrust of 8 tonnes has been underway since 2019 and has been intensified taking into account the introduction of new sanctions by unfriendly countries.
The Ministry recalled that the development of PD-8 is carried out on behalf of the government (the customer under the state contract is the Ministry of Industry and Trade). Earlier, on May 11, the Rostec State Corporation announced the completion of bench tests of this engine. It is planned that it will replace the French-Russian SaM-146 engine.
As the Head of the Ministry, Denis Manturov, said, according to the “accelerated” work plan for the engine, intensive tests should begin in the first half of next year as part of an import-substituted version of the SSJ-100 aircraft, which will allow obtaining a type certificate for the aircraft at the end of 2023. The certification processes of the engine and the aircraft will run in parallel.
“The designs produced here [at the ‘UEC Saturn’ Russian aircraft engine manufacturer], correspond to the best world standards. The company has mastered complex technological processes of single-crystal casting — innovative production is focused on the annual production of more than 600 thousand cast blanks of turbine blades — and not only for Russian, but also for foreign units,” the Ministry’s report said.