Russia develops aircraft engine for near space flights

New engine will allow planes to fly both in the atmosphere and near space

A composite engine that will allow planes to perform flights both in the atmosphere and near space has been developed in Russia and will be unveiled at the Army 2016 international military and technical forum, Russian Strategic Missile Force Commander Sergei Karakayev said.

"The affiliate of the Peter the Great Strategic Missile Force Military Academy in Serpukhov [in the Moscow Region] has developed an engine for the promising aerospaceplane," Karakayev said.

"The new product has allowed developing a composite power plant to switch the aircraft engine from one operational mode used in the atmosphere to the other operational mode used in outer space," he added.

As the commander said, a working model of the engine will be shown at the Army 2016 international military and technical forum that will be organized by Russia’s Defense Ministry in early September in Kubinka near Moscow.

According to Karakayev, the model has passed firing tests and "proved its efficiency."

As Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in spring, Russian aircraft design bureaus have started developing the sixth-generation warplane.


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