Russia has created the first prototype engine for the promising domestic PAK DA bomber, its tests will start next year.
"The first engine "in iron" has already been manufactured, is now in assembly and will be ready for bench tests by the end of the year. We plan to start them early next year," Alexei Sobolev, deputy general director, managing director of the plant of the United Engine Corporation ODK-Kuznetsov, said.
Next year, several more such engines will be manufactured for testing.
According to Pavel Chupin, the general designer of the enterprise, testing of advanced propulsion systems can take place both on test benches and in a flying laboratory.
Since 2009 such aviation industry enterprises as Tupolev have been working on creation of a prospective long-range aviation complex (PAK DA). Now the design work has been completed.
According to the contract of the Ministry of Defense with "Tupolev", three prototype bombers will be built for flight tests. Preliminary testing of the avisuden could start in 2023 and will be completed by 2025. After that, state tests will take place. If they are successful, then the launch of serial production may take place in a year.
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Author: Ksenia Gustova