AeroKompozit completes construction of two new facilities

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United Aircraft affiliate AeroKompozit has completed the construction of two dedicated facilities to produce composite materials and aerostructures for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and Irkut MS-21 programmes.

One facility occupies 33,000 sq m (354,840 sq ft) at the KAPO aviation plant in Kazan. The other, with a floor space of 90,000 sq m, is located near the headquarters of Ulyanovsk-based airframer Aviastar.

AeroKompozit director Anatoly Gaidansky says the firm is now installing equipment at both sites with a view to carrying out test runs before the end of this year. The two operations are designed to complement one another.

"In Kazan, we'll fabricate high-lift devices from fibre-reinforced materials using an autoclave moulding treatment," says Gaidansky. "In Ulyanovsk, we'll employ proprietary vacuum infusion know-how to manufacture MS-21 wing spars, panels and torsion boxes."

AeroKompozit is looking to supply 24 sets of aerostructures for Superjets in 2014 and gradually increase production volumes at Kazan up to 60 sets a year.

The Ulyanovsk-based plant is scheduled to reach an annual output of up to 200 all-composite wings in four years. Both facilities should become operational next year.

AeroKompozit plans to hand over pre-production examples of Superjet wing components to the Central aerohydrodynamic institute for validation in the third quarter of 2013. "A full-size torsion box for the MS-21 will undergo testing before 2014," says Gaidansky.