India eyes Russian PD-14 aircraft engines

PD-14 engine displayed at the 51st International Paris Air Show.

PD-14 engine displayed at the 51st International Paris Air Show.

Mikhail Voskresenskiy/RIA Novosti
United Engine Corp has offered India its fifth generation turbojet engine.

India is interested in the Russian fifth generation PD-14 turbojet engine, an official from the United Engine Corporation (UEC) told RIA Novosti at Aero India 2017 on Feb. 14.

PD-14, designed for the MS-21 airliner, is created using the latest technologies and materials. Currently, the product is undergoing the second stage of flight tests. The tests have so far confirmed the efficiency of the engine and its systems, UEC said on its website.

The PD-14 can become the base engine for a whole family of aircraft, the UEC representative at Bangalore air show said. UEC is ready to cooperate with Indian partners to develop an engine for passenger airliners and transport aircraft of various classes, he added.

The fuel consumption of the PD-14 is about 16 per cent lower than that of its foreign counterparts, and operating costs over its life cycle are 20 per cent cheaper than competitors.

A total of 549 companies from 51 countries are participating in the 11th edition of Aero India, which is being held in Bangalore.

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