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Cooperation continues between UAC and Rosaviaconsortium on the «Frigate Ecojet» program
14 July 2010
July 12, 2010 — Moscow — Rosaviaconsortium design bureau had presented a report on the current state of thenext-generationwidebody short/medium-haulaircraft 'Frigate EcoJet' program to the management of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).
«The UAC and Rosaviaconsortium workgroup was created in the spring of 2009 in order to adapt the existing scientific and technical experience for current market requirements. Since then the workgroup had developed primary technical and marketing specifications, shaping the aircraft’s look and potential market niches. Moreover, the workgroup had initiated the development of technical proposals for the project, completed in the beginning of this year, — says Dmitry Travnikov, Frigate EcoJet program General Project Manager. — The technical proposals had passed the TsAGI expert evaluation. The TsAGI conclusion says that the proposed aircraft configuration is feasible, and its integrated efficiency parameter is 35% higher compared to the current aircraft. " Market studies show that this aircraft should be effective forlow-costairlines.
v. Kargopoltsev,Director of UAC Scientific and Technical Center, and A. Lyagushkin, head of UAC civil aviation programs, agreed that a whole range of scientific and technical activities needs to be planned for 2011–2012 in order to develop the technical proposal, including more precise structural and aerodynamic tests and calculations. The technological feasibility of the project needs to be jointly evaluated.
According to the meeting participants, special attention must be paid towards the development of criteria and standards for the technology availability for the Frigate EcoJet program. Even at this stage, the issue of the aircraft production (including production facilities, scope of cooperation and the choice of suppliers) becomes paramount. Before solving this issue, it is impossible to develop a realistic financial and economic model of this aircraft’s life cycle.