Russia's new generation MiG-AT trainer makes its international debut at Farnborough ‘96, with scheduled daily demonstration flights.

The Russian-French training system combines the aircraft's aerodynamic characteristics, high thrust-to-weight ratio, Sextant state-of-the-art avionics and reconfigurable fly-by-wire control system with a ground-based training system to ensure a dramatic time and cost reduction of training courses, the manufacturers say.

The system is aimed at preparing pilots for further training on MiG-29, SU-27, Mirage 2000-5, Rafale, Eurofighter 2000, F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighters.

The MiG-AT prototype, powered by a Snecma-Turbomeca Larzac 04-R20 twin-shaft turbofan, which made its maiden test flight in Moscow in March this year, has since logged more than 70 trouble-free flights.

Snecma is now working with the Russian military industrial group VPK MAPO in promoting this aircraft and its powerplant to the Russian air force as well as export clients worldwide.

ANPK MiG signed the agreement with Snecma and Turbomeca on 14 October 1992 to supply the Larzac 04-R20, a derivative of the veteran 04-C20.

More than 1,250 Larzac engines have been delivered to date, powering aircraft for 11 air forces, including the Alpha-Jets of the French air force's Patrouille de France aerobatics team.






Source: Flight Daily News