The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

“Aviastar-SP” is the largest aircraft maker in Russia. Based in Ulyanovsk, it produces a heavy transport craft, Il-76MD-90A, and the passenger plane, Tu-204. It used to make the biggest cargo planes An-124 “Ruslan” as well. Today it only provides their maintenance.

Currently “Aviastar-SP” participates in production of a new long-haul aircraft, the MS-21 – Sukhoi Superjet 100.

We are going to join blogger gelio and have a closer look at the working process of the company.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The aircraft complex was founded in Ulyanovsk in 1976, it’s the newest aircraft corporation in Russia.

Production facilities occupy hundreds of hectares – more than a thousand.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The main office of “Aviastar” has an unusual design, not so typical for Soviet architecture. The decorative capsule atop was made in 1987 with help of helicopter Mi-10. This lattice structure made the building 100 meters higher.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

“Aviastar” is a vertically integrated factory – starting from metal casting and going all the way through to the delivery of a completed product to a customer.

Production consists of several stages. Following the necessary preparation, the aircraft components go to the assembly shop.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

About ten thousand people are occupied at the factory.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Almost 1/3 of all personnel are workers under 35.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Production is provided by more than 400 equipment units.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Mechanized central warehouse where finished components are stored.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

They have plenty of work to do, some shops work are double-shifted, when necessary people work overtime.  

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Aircraft tail.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Automatic riveting.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Cockpit canopy assembly.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Most of the work falls on serial production of Il-76MD-90A. In 2015 the company delivered two units of Il-76 ready for operation. The third one is going to complete tests soon.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

They are building ten planes of the Il family now.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

There is one more promising modifications in the Il family, produced by “Aviastar” – bowser Il-78M-90A. They are almost done with wing butting. In 2016 they plan to finish production of the first Russian bowser.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Quality of assembly is under strict control.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Final assembly shop.

The area enables to simultaneously assembly at least eight narrow-bodied and three wide-bodied planes.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

  Shop length — 500 meters, width — 100 meters.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Its height is 36 meters – its like a twelve-story building!

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Since 1990 “Aviastar” has been making Tu-204 planes with different modifications. It was developed to substitute passenger aircraft Tu-154.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Tu-204-300 is the first Russian aircraft able to perform long flights without refuelling (for example Moscow-Vladivostok flight lasting nine hours).

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Planes Tu-204-300 are equipped with energy-efficient engines PS-90A meeting all noice floor requirements.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Control systems adjustment.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Pipework.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Wire installation.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Nose cone is attached..

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Assembly of the luggage rack.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Today, apart from satysfying general civil purposes, Tu-204 is being used by the special air crew “Russia” working for the Russian President.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

An-124 “Ruslan” is a heavy transport aircraft, the largest serially produced plane. It can do what others can’t.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

It was initially planned to organize An-124 production in Kiev, but construction of the factory in Ulyanovsk changed the plans. In general the corporation has built 36 planes of this type.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

However they do not make it anymore but provide modernization.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

An-124 cockpit.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

“Aviastar” together with the Irkutsk aviation factory participates in production of a new long-haul aircraft MS-21. It supplies some assemblies to Irkutsk where final assembly is performed.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

In 2016 MS-21 is going to fly up in the sky.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

After the final assembly Il-76s and Tu-204s are transported to the flight-test base 12 km away from the factory.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Performance tests last 4-5 weeks.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Heavy transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A is a modernized version of the tried and proven IL-76MD produced in Uzbekistan.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

It is intended for trans-regional transportation of troops, large heavy equipment, landing operations, movement of patients and fire-fighting operations.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

How has it been modified? New engines, control systems, new wings and beefed-up gear. Max. payload was increased to 60 tons, max. takeoff weight – to 210 tons.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

There is a ramp in the cargo hold that may take up any position when loading or unloading.

People can be transported in the cargo hold, seats can be demounted when needed. Single-decker provides transportation of 100 militarymen, double-decker – more.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

“Glass” cockpit has digital displays and three smart dashboards.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Painting is done in a special shop that is 96х96х36 meters.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Flight tests are done at the airfield Ulyanovsk-Vostochniy with a runway five kilometers long. It’s the fourth longest runway in the world.

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia

Thanks to gelio for the interesting photo report!

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25 thoughts on “The Newest And Probably the Best Aircraft Plant of Russia”

  1. Hopefully nothing stolen from Ukraine here ? But who knows ? Russia has stolen at least 10 factories related to military production in occupied Donbas, so there are certainly some things stolen in this one…

  2. Guess Alain forgets that Donbass has been “occupied” by the people that has lived there for centuries. Ah, the joys of hating “other” people…

  3. It’s funny to see how a nice Airliner Plane Factory can be so annoying and scary for some people. It should be tough to live in that state of irrational paranoia.

    • He fly on IL-96-300, civil aircraft with military encryption communication equipment.

      http://englishrussia.com/2015/03/24/super-luxurious-russian-presidents-new-airplane-interiors/

      As well as other presidents do not drive a Ford Focus.
      You’ve seen Obama for driving a Chevrolet aveo? It may be the Queen of England rides a bike, not a driver in the Rolls-Royce?

    • You did not pay attention to the captions in this post, did you? Hint – page 15.
      I think Putin has Lada-s in his collection, but I doubt his personal security would allow him to drive anything unarmored on the public streets or roads.

  4. What a humble head of state. We should take an example and all drive Ladas and fly Russian passenger planes. “Mr Putin stays at more than 20 palaces and country retreats and has 58 planes and helicopters. The report also claims he uses a private jet with an £110 million cabin which has a bathroom with gold fittings and a £50,000 toilet” Golden toilet on a Ilyushin? How fitting hehe

    • Report? Written by whom? You? Sorry, the Russian President’s Plane is an espacially equipped Ilyushin, and the ZIL limos are still in use…
      Let me know if the US Airforce One is a Cessna and Obama`s car is a Ford Focus.
      LOL

    • “Does Putin fly on any of these planes?…”
      Yes: Ilyushin Il-96-300PU, called ‘Command Point’. Russian Presidents fly Russian planes.
      http://englishrussia.com/2015/03/24/super-luxurious-russian-presidents-new-airplane-interiors/

      You don’t Read very well do you?
      He he he

    • Hehe… In the 2013-2014 fiscal year (ended March 31) the content of Queen Elizabeth II and her family cost British to 35.7 million pounds ($ 60.9 million), according to a report published by the Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the monarch.

      Another important item of expenditure of the Queen and her family are traveling and visits. In the past year for these purposes from the state budget was spent 4.2 million pounds ($ 7.2 million).

      • That is correct. The Royal family costs the British people about 40 pound in one year. However, the revenue of all Royal assets actually EARNS the United Kingdom 200 million pound. That means that the United Kingdom EARNS 160 million pound profit of the Royal family.

        Putin on the other side, has an estimated wealth of 200 billion dollar. Putin has been working for the state since 1975, but only in 1998 he got a job with real power. Since except of investing his money he did not really have any other source of income except corruption and his salary from the state this 200 billion dollar is probably paid by the Russians themselves.
        That means that every person in Russia has given 77 dollar to Putin since 1998! To put that in perspective, every citizen of England actually earns about 1 dollar from the Royal family!

          • “an estimated wealth of 200 billion dollar…”. LOL. Really? Because you say so? Where is this money deposited? In Which lucky bank? 200 Billion is a BIG amount. Its almost 3 times the Bill Gates fortune. Its Half the US Budget Deficit this year, or 10% of US TOTAL Debt. But I guess you didn’t know these things when you wrote this fantasy. Where did you read this? Your toilet paper?

          • “Lucas”, when your paranoid Russophobia prompts you to fantasize things, try to make them a bit more realistic.

            This nice plane factory must be too scary SCARY for you.
            Thanks for the laughs!

  5. The Russian offical president’s plane is a highly modified and especial Ilyushin, 96 operated by Rossiya Airlines, and is much bettet than any “private jet” you can imagine. LOL.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_presidential_aircraft

    Tell Barack to “set the example”, (with the US $18 Trillion Debt and $5 Trillion Deficit in mind) and fly an humble Huey chopper and drive a GMC truck. Im’r sure you’ll understand the constraints. Hehehehe

  6. “Reader”:

    —“We should take an example and all drive Ladas and fly Russian passenger planes.” Perhaps, you should start immediately! Air Force One costs $660 Million, and it’s replacement (already ordered) costs 3 BILLION. That’s a lot of cabins and toilets in a plane, hehehe… Small wonder you’re in chronic debts and deficits. I suppose that explains your big concern (and embarrassments) in this section. Please, confirm it again.

  7. That’s a nice series.
    It’s interesting how the huge hangar doors sport the slogan ‘thank you for the work’ (or ‘labour’?). A friendly human touch that one does not usually see in any large factory anywhere. I wonder how it would be to work for this company.

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