- The Rostec United Engine Corporation’s service center is located at the training base of the Russian Aerospace Forces. It will service the AI-222-25 engines installed on Yak-130 training and combat aircraft. Operation of the service center will marginally reduce the time spent on maintenance of airworthiness of aircraft.
September 20, 2021. Yak-130 aircraft with AI-222-25 engines are operated by novice pilots, each of whom is required to fly a certain number of hours as part of the training program. Due to this fact, the propulsion systems exhaust their specified service life several times faster than under normal operating conditions. Therefore, AI-222-25 requires more frequent maintenance than other engines, and certain types of repair and maintenance are much more cost-effective and efficient if organized directly at the place of operation.
For that purpose, the United Engine Corporation and the Russian Ministry of Defense established a service center complete with modern equipment and all the special technologies necessary to assess the technical condition and perform maintenance of AI-222-25 engines.
At present, the AI-222-25 repairs at the service center are performed by the staff of Salut Production Center, the manufacturer of the aircraft engine. However, after completing the training of the center’s staff, all repair and maintenance operations involving module replacement will be performed by specialists of the operating organization directly on site.
“The matter of after-sales service of the equipment we supply to customers, both military and civilian ones, is among our key priorities. Maintenance of the engine at the place of operation has become possible owing to mastering the technology of modular replacement of assembly parts. This approach allows engine maintenance and replacement of the damaged part or module without transportation to the manufacturer. The service center will cut the repair time of AI-222-25 engines 2 or 3 times. This will boost the efficiency of pilot training for the Russian Aerospace Forces and, ultimately, improve the defense capability of our country,” Alexei Gromov, CEO of Salut Production Center, said.