The Russian Government confirmed the completion of PD-8 certification by the end of this year

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Finance Minister Anton Siluanov at the plenary session of the State Duma once again on the part of the Russian Government said that certification of the PD-8 engine for the SJ-100 aircraft should take place in the near future, tests of the propulsion system are being completed. This is reported by TASS.

Speaking to deputies during the discussion of the draft federal law “On the federal budget for 2024 and for the planning period of 2025 and 2026”, Anton Siluanov said that it is planned to allocate 175 billion rubles for aircraft construction. “First of all, I would like to note the need to create new engines for our aircraft. This is PD-8 for Superjet – we are already completing tests, in the near future there should be certification of this engine. It is PD-14 for MS-21 and PD-35 for wide-body aircraft,” the minister said.

He added that more than 60 billion roubles have been budgeted for the new national project for the development of unmanned aircraft systems. “The task in 2025 is to provide more than 40 per cent of all unmanned systems produced in the Russian Federation,” Siluanov said.

Earlier that by the end of 2023 the new PD-8 engine will receive a type certificate was announced by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, as well as Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov.

In early October, as part of preparations for the first flight of the SJ-100 aircraft with PD-8 engines, the propulsion system was launched for the first time as part of the aircraft. In September, ODK tested the engine control system at extremely high temperatures. The SAU-8 hydro-mechanical units withstood flame tests and remained operational at a temperature of 1,100 degrees Celsius. At the same time, during 2023, the PD-8 engine underwent bench tests at TsAGI and flight tests as part of the IL-76LL flying laboratory.