The Russian Yak-40LL laboratory aircraft, equipped with an electric motor, made its first flight as part of the tests. This was announced on Saturday, July 24, by the press service of the Advanced Research Fund (FPI).
“Just at the MAKS-2021 air show, a demonstration flight of the Yak-40 aircraft, equipped with a hybrid power plant based on a gas turbine engine and a superconducting electric motor, took place. During the flight, the aircraft turned on the electric power plant, “the Foundation’s message is quoted.RIA News“.
It is noted that a hybrid power plant based on a gas turbine engine and a superconducting electric motor complements the two standard turbojet engines of the aircraft. The electric motor is 5-20% more economical than analogs, added to the FPI.
They also reported that tests of this power plant as part of the aircraft began in February in Novosibirsk.
On July 20, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov said that the Baikal aircraft, which is to replace the An-2 maize, is planned to be equipped with an electric motor. He added that deliveries of the aircraft should begin in 2023.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in December 2020 that a prototype of Baikal, a new passenger aircraft with nine seats, which is intended to replace the outdated An-2 aircraft, should be ready in Russia in 2021.
On July 20, the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2021 opened in Zhukovsky near Moscow. During the presidential show on the first day, viewers will be able to see flights of Ka-226 and Mi-171 helicopters, Su-57 and MiG-35 fighters and an experimental MS-21-310 passenger aircraft.