Russia overcomes import dependence on helicopter engines
The United Engine Corporation (UEC) has started a serial production of new engines TV7-117V developed by JSC ‘Klimov’ for helicopters Mi-38. Turboprop engine modifications can be also used on the aircraft IL-114 and IL-112V. The emergence of TV7-117V engines allows to carry out a complete import substitution of production in this segment.
“In terms of efficiency, resources, reliability the engine is among the world’s top samples in this class,” announced the official UEC representative Anastasia Denisova to Izvestia. “By 2020 it is planned to produce totally at least 200 different modifications (for helicopters and planes). Earlier our engines for civil and military vehicles were made only in Ukraine. Now TV7-117V engines are made of details and engine components, that are entirely mastered in the country. The peculiarity of TV7-117V engine family is to ensure helicopter’s safety in extreme situations.
“Before 2020 we plan to release more than 200 engines of TV7-117V engine family. Today the corporation has fully expanded the serial production of engines TV7-117V.”
Major supplier of components for the final engines’ assembly will be companies that are part of UEC JSC ‘ V.V. Chernyshev MME’, JSC ‘SPC Gas Turbine Salute’, as well as other enterprises.
The developer claims that TV7-117V is better than PW127T/S in almost all characteristics: it has a higher power on mode, the best indicators of mass perfection and fuel economy. In addition, TV7-117V engine can operate in any climatic conditions — in the tropics and in the Arctic. These advantages will ensure Mi-38 an impressive export potential.