Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
12 February 2013
Also Known As: SSJ100/95LR, SSJ100LR and Superjet 100-95 Long Range
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 Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 Long Range, also known as SSJ100/95LR or originally RRJ 95LR, has a seating capacity for 98 passengers with the single-aisle cabin offering a high degree of comfort. The airplane is powered by two Powerjet SaM146 turbofan engines rated at 16,100-lb of thrust at takeoff each. Powerjet is a Safran (Snecma Group) and NPO Saturn joint venture and the SaM146 engines provides for easier and lower cost of maintenance. The Superjet 100/95LR jetliner has a maximum range in excess of 4,500 kilometers cruising at March 0.81 with a crew of four. Critical operations such as the take off and landing can be conducted on runways of 1,600 to 2,000 meters in length. The Long Range Superjet is 3,500 kilograms heavier than the Basic version. The SSJ100/95LR conducted its maiden flight on February 12, 2013, and is expected to enter revenue service by 2014/2015.
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