Boe­ing and Em­braer dis­cuss “po­ten­tial com­bi­na­tion”

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence | News -

Sukhoi Su­per­jet 100 made its first flight with the in­stalled saber­lets in Zhukovskyon 21 De­cem­ber 2017 fol­low­ing a num­ber of re­search, en­gi­neer­ing and ex­per­i­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties car­ried out by the Sukhoi Civil Air­craft Com­pany with the as­sis­tance of Cen­tral Aero­hy­dro­dy­namic In­sti­tute (TsAGI). The ge­om­e­try of the tips was de­ter­mined with im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­no­va­tive meth­ods of 3D op­ti­mi­sa­tion based on nu­mer­i­cal com­pu­ta­tion called Com­pu­ta­tional Fluid Dy­nam­ics (CFD), the unique TsAGI know-how used in Rus­sian avi­a­tion in­dus­try in par­tic­u­lar for Sukhoi Su­per­jet 100 pro­gramme. The re­sults of re­search and ex­per­i­ments showed that the in­stal­la­tion of the saber-like tips im­proves the take­off and land­ing per­for­mance and de­creases the fuel con­sump­tion.

Boe­ing and Em­braer have con­firmed that the two com­pa­nies are en­gaged in dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing “a po­ten­tial com­bi­na­tion”, the ba­sis of which re­mains un­der dis­cus­sion. Boe­ing and Em­braer do not in­tend to make any ad­di­tional com­ments re­gard­ing these dis­cus­sions. “Any trans­ac­tion would be sub­ject to the ap­proval of the Brazil­ian gov­ern­ment and reg­u­la­tors, the two com­pa­nies’ boards and Em­braer’s share­hold­ers.”

The re­sults for 2017 in­clude a to­tal of 41 Fal­cons or­dered and 3 Fal­con 5X can­celled, com­pared to 33 Fal­con or­dered in 2016 and 12 Fal­con 5X can­celled. Con­cern­ing the Rafale, Das­sault signed, in De­cem­ber 2017, an agree­ment with Qatar on the ex­er­cise of an op­tion for 12 Rafales. This or­der will be booked when the first down-pay­ment is re­ceived. For the record, 36 Rafales for In­dia had been booked as or­ders in 2016. 49 new Fal­cons were de­liv­ered in 2017, i.e. above the fore­cast of 45 Fal­con de­liv­er­ies, and same as in 2016. 9 Rafales (1 to France and 8 to Egypt) were de­liv­ered in 2017, com­pared to 9 Rafales (6 to France and 3 to Egypt) in 2016. The com­pany de­liv­ered in 2017 one Navy Rafale retro­fit­ted to the F3 stan­dard. As of 31 De­cem­ber 2017, the back­log in­cluded 101 Rafales (31 France and 70 Ex­port) and 52 Fal­con’s (in­clud­ing Fal­con 5X), com­pared to 110 Rafales (32 France and 78 Ex­port) and 63 Fal­cons as of 31 De­cem­ber 2016.

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