PD-14 is getting ready for the flight tests

At the end of September the specialists of UEC-Perm Engines, UEC-Aviadvigatel and Irkutsk Aviation Plant - an affiliate of Irkut Corporation, have held number of business meetings as to the arrangement of final assembly (podding) area for PD-14 power plants at the aircraft company. This constitutes another move forward to the organization of flight tests support and the start of PD-14 operation as part of new Russian jet liner MC-21.


In particular there were discussed issues on the Perm aircraft engines maintenance in flight tests and serial production conditions, procedure and terms for engine installation under wing and peculiarities of documents execution at the engine incoming inspection and a lot more.

At the podding area the power plant shall be finally assembled – installation of the nacelle and the thrust reverser which are supplied directly from manufacturers (JSC PZ Mashinostroitel and PJSC Voronezh Aircraft Production Association (VASO). After the incoming inspection the power plant shall be transferred to the final assembly shop where it shall be installed to operational pylon under the wing. Once completed the aircraft shall be moved to flight test unit, where operational team specialist shall initiate ground exercises and then test flights up to its sending for flight tests to Zhukobsky in Moscow Region. Through all the steps the engines shall be supported by JSC UEC-Perm Engines’ specialists.


Sergey Popov, Managing Director, JSC UEC-Perm Engines, Chairman of Perm regional branch of the Russian Engineering Union:

- One of the most crucial milestones has begun in the PD-14 life: it is about to take wing of Russian jet liner. The engine creation was challenging, but its placing into operation, arrangement of the technical and after-sales support - are even bigger challenges. Together with UEC-Aviadvigatel and other cooperation companies we are addressing the issue of service lives increase and engine reliability improvement. When supporting the flight tests, our specialists will get unrivalled experience which will be used for the arrangement of technical support for the airlines operating MC-21 for civil use.




Flight tests of MC-21 with Perm PD-14 engines will start in 2020. Currently two PD-14 engines are handed over to Irkut Corporation for aircraft tests, but are held in safe custody in Perm. Two more engines will be assembled by the end of the year and transferred to aircraft company as well. The fifth engine will be manufactured as spare one – to avoid delays in the flight tests schedule.


JSC “UEC-Perm Engines” is a serial manufacturer of aircraft engines, industrial gas turbine plants for power generation and gas transport. JSC “UEC-PE” is included into JSC “United Engine Building Corporation”. 

JSC “United Engine Building Corporation” (included into the State Corporation Rostec) is an integrated structure specializing in development, serial manufacture and maintenance of the engines for military and civil aviation, space programs and navy, as well as oil and gas and power industry. One of the “UEC” business priorities is implementation of complex programs aimed at the field enterprises development including integration of the new technologies compliant with the international standards.

State Corporation Rostec is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 with the purpose to support the development, manufacture and export of high-tech civil- and military-application products. It includes over 700 organizations which up to now have been amalgamated into 11 holding companies in the military-industrial complex, 3 organizations in civil industries and 80 organizations of direct management. Rostec portfolio includes such famous brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Concern Kalashnikov, Russian helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA etc. Rostec organizations are situated on the territories of 60 Russian Federation entities and deliver products to the markets of over 70 countries. Rostec consolidated revenue in 2016 was 1 trillion 266 billion rubles, consolidated net revenue – 88 billion rubles and EBITDA – 268 billion rubles. In the Corporation average salary in 2016 amounted to 44,000 rubles. According to new strategy of Rostec main target of the Corporation is technological advantages of Russia on highly competitive world markets. One of Rostec key tasks is new technological mode implementation and Russian economics digitalization.