Il-114-300 second prototype maiden flight

Russia puts the second prototype of the Il-114-300 turboprop into flight

The program had been interrupted in August 2021 after the crash of an Il-112V military freighter, which uses a similar engine. Aircraft for 68 passengers will be used on regional routes

United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the parent company of major Russian aerospace manufacturers, announced the first flight of the second prototype of the Il-114-300 regional turboprop on March 31.

The 68-seat aircraft is one of the domestic projects aimed at supplying the country’s airlines, which are prohibited from ordering Western products.

Based on the Il-114 turboprop, the new aircraft has been improved with the use of composite materials and digital systems such as the cockpit. The aircraft is powered by a Klimov TV7-117ST-01 engine with six-blade propellers.

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It was precisely the Klimov engine that caused a major delay in the program. In August 2021, the only prototype of the Il-112V military freighter, also equipped with a TV7 engine, suffered a fatal accident near Moscow.

Il-114-300 turboprop
Il-114-300 turboprop (UAC)

Il-112V crash

The UAC suspended both programs pending corrections to the project. According to the company, the engine “has undergone a series of modifications. A new TA 14-114 auxiliary power unit has also been installed.”

The maiden flight of the second Il-114-300 prototype lasted about 40 minutes from the Lukhovitsy plant on the outskirts of Moscow. The aircraft reached an altitude of 900 meters and a speed of 230 km/h, according to the UAC.

Despite the success, the company foresees a long development and certification process as the Il-114-300 will have the mission of replacing the An-24 on regional flights to airports with asphalt or dirt runways.


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