Pratt & Whitney announced delivery of the first PurePower® PW1400G-JM engine to the podding facility at Russia's Irkut Corporation at the MAKS 2015 Airshow, for installation on Irkut's MC-21 aircraft, whose assembly is under progress.
The PW1400G-JM engine was assembled and tested at the Pratt & Whitney West Palm Beach Engine Center located in Florida before being shipped to Irkutsk, Russia.
"The PW1400G-JM engine is proof of the Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine technology's key strengths – its adaptability and versatility – and we are excited to provide the first PurePower engine for Irkut as the engine family continues to display unprecedented levels of performance across the board," said Jill Albertelli, vice president, NGPF-30K programs.
The PurePower PW1000G series engines use an advanced gear system allowing the engine's fan to operate at a different speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine. The combination of the gear system and an all-new advanced core deliver double-digit improvements in fuel efficiency, environmental emissions and noise.
As the PW1400G-JM engine continues rigorous testing, engine certification is expected later this year.
The PurePower engine family has completed more than 36,000 cycles of testing and 20,000 hours of testing, including 6,000 hours of flight testing.
Irkut is developing the MC-21 as a family of 150 to 210-passenger aircraft with first flight of the PurePower® PW1400G engined aircraft planned for 2016 and entry into service in 2017. The MC-21 series will feature jetliners with 25,000-32,000 pounds of thrust.