20 February 2014
'This development is unique not just for the Russian, but also for the global markets,' said Maxim Kuzyuk. 'The gearless direct-drive solution reduces the weight of the APU by 30-40 kg compared to standard APUs used by all industry leaders. As you know, weight reduction is one of the most important goals in the design of modern aircraft. Having no gearbox also means that the cost of the APU will decrease by 5%.'
Alexander Litvinov, director of the holding's Advanced Projects Division, highlighted that one of the advantages of the new APU will be an increase in AC power to 120 kVA, compared to APUs installed on Russian-made aircraft which provide around 90 kVA.
The increase in capacity allows the replacement of elements in non-electric systems with electrically-driven components, which increases their reliability and reduces the overall weight of the aircraft.
An advanced diagnostic system and on-condition maintenance will extend the life of the APU to the entire life cycle of the aircraft, i.e. 20 - 25 years. At present, Russian-made APUs have operational endurance of 10-12 years.
Gidravlika Aggregate Enterprise in Ufa, the primary manufacturer of APUs and a part of the Aviation Equipment Holding, will take on the development and manufacturing of the complete system. As an integrator, Gidravlika will work on this project under the supervision of the managing company. Gidravlika will also take care of after-sales support and maintenance of APUs.
December 20, 2013. Aviation Equipment submitted a bid to participate in the open bidding procedure to be awarded a public R&D contract titled 'Development of Advanced Aircraft APU to Improve Marketability and Ensure Import Substitution of Foreign-Made Products.' APU is an abbreviation used in the 'Development Targets for the Russian Civil Aviation from 2002 to 2010 and up to 2015' Federal Target Investment Program.
Gidravlika Aggregate Enterprise was a successor to the Rzhev factory of gaskets and packing materials, which was relocated to Ufa during World War II. Gidravlika designs and manufactures flexible metal and fluoropolymer sleeves and compensators, as well as producing aircraft components and hydraulic filters. The facility also makes fuel, oil, and air gas-turbine engines and units. Products made by the company are widely used in aerospace engineering. They are installed on aircraft and helicopters designed by Tupolev, Antonov, Ilyushin, Yakovlev, Mikoyan and Sukhoi bureaus.
Aviation Equipment specializes in the development, production and after-sales support of aircraft systems and components. The holding also manufactures parts and components for various industries, such as automotive, transport, power and oil and gas. Aviation Equipment owns 36 production facilities across Russia, including Moscow, Moscow Region, Ufa, Samara, Ulyanovsk, Omsk, Arkhangelsk Region and others. The holding is part of the Rostec State Corporation. Some of the key partners of the holding include United Aircraft Corporation, UAC Helicopters of Russia, United Engine-Building Corporation, Russian Railways, AvtoVAZ, Gazprom, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, S7 Airlines, UTair, and Rossiya Russian Airlines.
Rostekhnologii State Corporation (Rostec) is a Russian corporation established in 2007 to promote the development, production and export of hi-tech industrial products for the civil and defence sectors. It brings together 663 entities consolidated into 13 holding companies, with eight companies operating in the defence industry and five in the civil sector. Rostec-owned companies are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2012, Rostec's revenue amounted to 931 billion roubles with a net profit of 38.5 billion roubles. The company paid more than 109 billion roubles in tax.