The United Engine Corporation Rostec has applied new materials and modern technologies to increase the resource of the engines of the Yak-130 combat trainer. Due to this, since 2016, the resource of the unit, which is assembled at the Salyut production complex, has doubled, and since the start of its serial production in 2009, it has quadrupled.
An increase in the resource of the AI-222-25 engine will allow to maintain aircraft flight readiness without major repairs for much longer, reduce costs and reduce labor costs for maintenance.
“This engine is reliable and in demand both in Russia and abroad, for example, in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Ministry of Defense of Russia and foreign customers have more than 400 such units in operation as part of the Yak-130. The introduced improvements made it possible to double the resource of the current engine modification, and if compared with 2009, when the unit began to be mass-produced, four times. At the moment, we are working on issues of further improving the efficiency and reliability of this engine, its deep modernization, ”said Anatoly Serdyukov, industrial director of the aviation cluster of Rostec State Corporation.
The increase in the resource will affect both new engines and those already in operation, which will be upgraded when they enter for repair. Thus, the entire AI-222-25 fleet will be gradually improved.
“At the moment, this resource has been confirmed by bench tests and leader operation. Changes in the operational documentation of the engines are at the stage of approval by the Russian Ministry of Defense; by the end of November it is planned to bring them to the operating organizations, ”said Alexey Gromov, head of the Salyut production complex.
AI-222-25 is a by-pass turbojet engine used in the Russian Yak-130 combat trainer. Since 2015, it has been manufactured entirely from Russian parts and components at the Moscow site - the Salyut production complex of the United Engine Corporation.
Compared to engines of its class, the AI-222-25 has a number of advantages. The low specific gravity of the engine provides a high thrust-to-weight ratio of the aircraft. Low specific consumption allows to significantly save fuel and significantly increase the distance of a non-stop flight. The technical characteristics of the power plant make it possible to use the Yak-130 aircraft not only for training, but also for combat purposes. In addition, it is equipped with an electronic digital automatic control and monitoring system (FADEC).