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Also Known As: RRJ 60, RRJ 60B, RRJ 60LR, Russian Regional Jet, SSJ-60 and SSJ100
B/E Aerospace, Hamilton Sundstrand, Liebherr, Messier-Bugatti, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC)* and Thales (*) lead contractor
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Description: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA), a subsidiary of Sukhoi design bureau, is developing the Russian Regional Jet (RRJ) to fit into the regional and short-to-medium range routes market. The RRJ family of aircraft will be capable of seating 60, 75 or 95 passengers using a twin-engine airplane layout and varying the fuselage length while sharing the maximum number of components and systems among variants. The 95 percent of airframe, power plant, wing, flight deck and main systems commonality in the RRJ 60, RRJ 75 and RRJ 95 jetliners is the centerpiece of the RRJ. The program is projected to last over 10-15 years with first aircraft deliveries to western airlines scheduled for 2007/2008. The RRJ development is valued at $700 million.
Thales signed an agreement worth 70 million euros with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft to provide avionics for the new RRJ airplane on December 15, 2004. The avionics suite provided by Thales - which includes cockpit display, communication, navigation and surveillance systems - will be integrated into all RRJ models. The RRJ cockpit configuration will be similar to the Airbus A380 superjumbo. Boeing was providing support on the RRJ development. Liebherr-Aerospace SAS and many other suppliers have signed agreements on the RRJ program which is expected to boost the Russian aeronautic industry recovery. On 19 August 2005 Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica subsidiary, agreed to purchase at least 25 percent of SCA making possible a future RRJ production line in Italy.
The RRJ 60 has a seating capacity for 60 to 63 passengers with the single-aisle cabin offering a high degree of comfort. It is powered by two SaM146 turbofan engines rated at 13,480-lb each and developed by Powerjet, a Safran (Snecma Group) and NPO Saturn joint venture, for easier and lower cost of maintenance. This aircraft is being offered in two versions the RRJ 60B (Basic) and the RRJ 60LR (Longer Range). The RRJ 60B has a range of 3,200 km and the RRJ 60LR of 4,870 km. Critical operations such as take off and landing can be conducted on runways of 1,500 meters in length.
According to SCA estimates, international carriers would need around 5,500 RRJs before 2023 with a potential value of $100 billion. On 20 June 2006, Sukhoi Aviation Holding and Italian Finmeccanica Group signed an agreement establishing an strategic partnership on the Russian Regional Jet (RRJ) program. Under the terms of the agreement Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica subsidiary, will acquire 25 percent stake plus one share in Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), a Sukhoi subsidiary. Thus Alenia will assume the corresponding financial charge on the RRJ aircraft development.
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