Preparation for the serial production of the fifth generation engine takes place at all sites of the Ufa Engine-Building Association. This power plant is designed for the T-50 - the so-called "promising aviation complex of front-line aviation", which in the future should replace the Su-27 fighter. It is expected that according to its characteristics the engine will open a new era in the domestic aircraft industry.
Ishbuldy Klysov, the head of the assembly shop of the enterprise, said: "This is a new development - that the aircraft, that the engine. There are no such aircraft or such engines in the world. This engine has increased power and a controlled rotary jet nozzle. I think this is its main advantage."
The engine will have a fundamentally new automatic control system - fully digital. For the first time, it will be entirely built on the Russian element base.
Thanks to technical innovations in the engine, the T-50 will have super-maneuverability. For example, it can hang in the air perpendicular to the surface of the Earth. In 2010, the prototype of the aircraft made its first flight, now flight tests continue.
Many experts are working on the verification of calculations, the debugging of the technology for processing parts and components of the future engine in Ufa. In the assembly shop to work out hundreds of new operations. Locksmith Gleb Petunin, whose duties include the assembly of the turbine unit, it is recognized that this is a big responsibility. "You need to be very careful. There are a lot of sizes here, every micron needs to be taken into account. The slightest mistake in calculations can lead to engine breakdown," he says.
Each stage of the engine assembly is monitored and tested. For example, after assembling the transmission, it is obligatory to pump in oil to eliminate foreign particles. If the sample does not meet all requirements, it is sent for revision.
Bench tests also pass: each engine is tested twice. First, check the quality of the assembly and performance, then the product passes the acceptance control. The head of the test shop Dmitry Movmyga notes: "The process of grinding people who make these machines and the machines themselves is underway. The machines are new, they are currently undergoing development work. We are learning to debug the machines - the machines are learning to be debugged with us. The machines are interesting, their stated parameters are very high. "
In addition to factory tests, the new engine is waiting for state tests. Engine builders themselves prefer not to mention the exact date of launch of serial production - the stage of experimental design work may be delayed for several years. According to preliminary data from the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the T-50 aircraft should enter service with the Russian Air Force in 2016.