Russian Aerospace Industry Reassesses R&D Path to Supersonic Transport Written 24 August 2021


The Tupolev Tu-144LL supersonic aircraft makes a low-level pass over the Zhukovsky Air Development Center near Moscow, Russia, on a 1998 research flight. | Credit: Jim Ross - NASA Dryden Flight Research Center; Wikipedia; Public Domain

Aviation International News reports that Russia’s aerospace industry “is delaying a full-scale launch of a second-generation supersonic transport aircraft (SST2) while intensifying efforts to work out key technologies needed to deliver on that ambition.” The change was confirmed last month when “President Vladimir Putin himself approved a proposal by state-backed companies to develop the new Strizh (Swift) supersonic technology demonstrator to be powered by Klimov RD-93MA turbofans (a no-afterburning derivative of the MiG-35 fighter engine).” Over the next six years, Russia’s new Sverkhzvuk Scientific Center, focused on aerospace development, will “run no fewer than 131 conferences and 43 educational programs, publish 78 scientific articles of Q1/Q2 level to the Scopus/Web of Science Core Collection, and nurture 349 young aerospace scientists for the industry. Plans call for its team of scientists to grow from 39 today to 50 in 2025.”
Full Story (Aviation International News)