Russian airframer VASO's performance review of the Antonov An-148 regional twin-jet could include a preliminary evaluation of potential re-engining with the PowerJet SaM146.
Leasing company Ilyushin Finance, which holds marketing rights for the An-148 under an agreement with Antonov, says the issue was discussed at inter-governmental level on 26 June.
Rossiya is transferring the first serially-produced An-148 to VASO in Voronezh to carry out technical improvements on the aircraft.
Ilyushin Finance says VASO will also tentatively assess the SaM146's potential for the An-148 and possibility of using it to replace the current Progress D-436 engine.
This exercise, however, is only intended to compare technical characteristics of the two engines. A spokesman for Antonov points out that equipping the An-148 with a new powerplant would require special permission.