Experts of SE Ivchenko-Progress have been developing engines for many types of aircraft and helicopters as well as gas-turbine drives and special equipment for industrial use during 75 years. Over 80,000 aircraft piston and gas-turbine engines, APUs and drives for industrial use have been developed by the staff of the enterprise and then manufactured by world engine manufacturers for this period. Aircraft engines of SE Ivchenko-Progress power 66 types and modifications of aircraft and they are operated in more than 100 countries of the world.
Total operating time of the whole fleet of gas-turbine engines in use makes up more than 300 mln h. The enterprise has over 230 business partners from different countries of the world. SE Ivchenko-Progress obtained 67 certificates and supplements issued by Bureau Veritas Certification Ukraine, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine (SAAU), the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (ARIAC): certificates of aviation product developer; quality certificates for design, manufacture, modernization, overhaul and technical maintenance of aircraft engines and gas-turbine drives; engine type certificates.
Since 2004, SE Ivchenko-Progress has been a full member of the East European Air Transport Association (EEATA) and possesses Certificate No 6 that confirms the compliance with the requirements of this organization.
Since 2010, the enterprise has been a part of the State Concern “Ukroboronprom”.
Since 2016, the enterprise has been included in the State Register of Scientific Organizations by decision of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. SE Ivchenko-Progress obtained the Certificate of the status of a scientific organization for a period of 3 years in May 2019. In December 2017, the specialized Academic Council was created at the enterprise with the right to accept for consideration and defend dissertations according to the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
The enterprise takes active part in international scientific and technical projects with the aim of creating and implementing advanced technologies, materials, design solutions into aircraft engines and gas-turbine drives of new generation. Thus, starting from 2006, it has already participated in 7 international scientific and technical projects approved and funded by the European Commission.
Experimental and research complex is one of the most powerful in Europe, it contains 17 benches and 78 special facilities to solve various issues on test performance and certification of engines that are under development, different researches for further enhancement of reliability, improvement of economic and environmental performance of engines.
Among significant achievements of the enterprise in the sphere of aircraft engines development for the whole historical period of existence are the following ones:
- АI-20 — the first turboprop in the USSR, which reached the assigned service life longer than 20,000 hours; it is installed in the An-8,-10,-12,-32; Be-12; Il-18,-20,-22, -38 aircraft;
- АI-25 — the first turbofan in the USSR with bypass ratio (BPR) higher than 1 (m = 2.2) for the passenger aircraft; it is installed in theYak-40; M-15 aircraft;
- D-36 — the first three-spool turbofan in the USSR with high BPR (m = 5.6); it is installed in the Аn-72,-74,-74TK-300; Yak-42 aircraft;
- D-18Т — the first turbofan in the USSR with thrust over 20 tons; it is installed in the An-124 Ruslan, An-225 Mriya aircraft;
- D-136 — the most powerful turboshaft in the world; it is installed in the Mi-26, -26T helicopters;
- D-27 — the first propfan in the world; it is installed in the An-70 aircraft.
Currently, SE Ivchenko-Progress is working in 9 key directions, on 21 new aviation topics. To meet the projected growth in global demand for aviation products, the enterprise is developing a number of new civilian and military aircraft engines, as well as deeply modernizing existing engines.
Today further activities are being held for development of the D-436 turbofan family: the D-436-148FM for the An-178 transport aircraft and for modifications of the An-158 passenger aircraft. The first flight of the An-178 aircraft with the D-436-148FM engines took place on February 5, 2016. The SAAU will certify the engine according to the European regulations this year.
An important milestone of the staff of SE Ivchenko-Progress was the development of a new generation turbofan with an ultra-high BPR the AI-28 – in the recent years. The engine has a fuel efficiency that is improved by 15-20% compared with modern engines of this thrust class, and is characterized with a significant improvement in environmental performance.
A new modified version of the D-18T engine was developed for future modifications of the world-famous An-124 Ruslan and An-225 Mriya transport aircraft: the D-18T series 3M with improved acoustic characteristics and low emission level. In August 2015, certification tests of the engine began. Currently, preparations are underway for certification tests of the engine installed in the An-124-100 aircraft.
The AI-450 turboshaft family is developed by SE Ivchenko-Progress for light utility helicopters with take-off weight of up to 4,000 kg. The first flight of the modernized Mi-2M helicopter with the AI-450M turboshaft took place on September 10, 2012. The AI-450M-B engine modified version was developed for the Mi-2MSB helicopter (modernized by Motor Sich JSC). The first flight of Mi-2MSB took place on July 4, 2014. Its modified version with increased power was developed for the MSB-2 helicopter. On May 25, 2015, the SAAU issued the Type Certificate which confirms the compliance of the AI-450 engine (AI-450M/M1/M-P/M1-P models) with the Airworthiness Standards of Ukraine. The Ukrainian МSB-2 Nadiya helicopter made its first flight on April 16, 2018. This helicopter was developed by Motor Sich JSC, the AI-450M-B engines are installed in it.
The TV3-117VMA-SBM1V engine modified version was developed jointly with Motor Sich JSC for helicopters in the class of up to 10 tons. In May 2018, the Mi-8MTV helicopter with these engines set 12 world records.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certified the D-136, the most powerful turboshaft in the world, as part of the Mi-26 helicopter in August 2007. Based on the D-136, the new AI-136T and AI-136T-2 engine modified versions were developed for future heavy lift helicopters. In summer 2016, the first AI-136T-2 engine with increased power was tested.
Based on the core of the AI-450 turboshaft, the family of turboprops for light aircraft of general aviation (GA), trainers and UAVs was developed, namely the АI-450С (CM, CD, CP turboprops as well as the АI-450С-2 (СР-2) with increased power. The first flight of the DA50-JP7 aircraft (GA) of Diamond Aircraft Industries, the Austrian company, with the АI-450С engine took place on January 19, 2015. Next year, on May 17, 2016, the first flight of Diamond DART-450 trainer with the АІ-450СD took place, and on December 13, 2017, the DART-450 completed its first flight with the АІ-450СP. By virtue of the АІ-450СP engine, the DART-450 is capable of performing aerobatics, including an inverted flight. The АІ-450СР is also installed in the UTL-450 trainer (Ukraine). The enterprise obtained the Type Certificate of the SAAU for AI-450C/CM/CD turboprop models on June 16, 2017. This certificate confirms its compliance with European CS-E Airworthiness Standards of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and on May 5, 2018, the AI-450СР model was added in the certificate. Flight tests of high-altitude long-endurance ACINCI UCAV (developed by Baykar Makina, the Turkish company), with the AI-450T modified engine version started from December 6, 2019.
The engine demonstrator for GA aircraft was developed at the enterprise within the scope of the ESPOSA International Scientific and Technical Project approved and financed by the European Commission in the period from 2011 to 2016. Using the experience of this project, further modified versions of the increased power of AI-450C-2 and AI-450CP-2 turboprops for GA aircraft and trainers were developed. On September 4, 2018, the AI-450CP-2 was first started. Development tests of these engines modified versions are performed for the modernized DART-450 aircraft and analogous trainers.
The D-27 propfan was developed for An-70, the military transport aircraft with short take-off and landing. Today this engine remains the only serial cruise engine of such a scheme in the world. In April, 2014, the An-70 aircraft passed state tests successfully, and from the beginning of 2015, the first exemplar was put into service by the Ukrainian Air Force.
The turbofan of small thrust was developed for light utility aircraft and drones, and was first started on October 19, 2018.
For upgrading speed performance and maneuvering ability of the Czech Aero Vodohody L-39 trainer, a turbofan modified version, the AI-25TLSh with the maximum thrust increased by 8%, was developed as based on the AI-25TL. As of 2020, more than 20 L-39M/M1 aircraft with the AI-25TLSh engines have been modernized and put into service by the Ukrainian Air Force.
From the late nineties to the present, SE Ivchenko-Progress has developed the family of the AI-222 non-afterburner engines including AI-222-25 and AI-222K-25 turbofans intended for modern and promising trainers and operational trainers. Since 2004, the AI-222K-25F turbofan with afterburner has been developed as based on them. Since 2012, the work for development of engine modified versions, namely the AI-322 (non-afterburner version) and the AI-322F/FK (afterburner version) has been in progress. The work for development of engine modified versions with increased thrust characteristics is in progress in order to increase consumer properties and expand the scope of application of engines.
The staff of the enterprise produces equipment of industrial use. This area includes dozens of engine modified versions with the power range from 0.5 to 12 MW that drive power plants, compressor plants and special equipment.
Thus, gas-turbine drives of the D-336 family with the power from 4 to 10 MW are integrated into more than 160 units at 45 compressor plants for gas transportation and power plants in 8 countries of the world. Total operating time of drives is more than 3 mln hours.
Cooperating with a number of leading aviation, engineering enterprises and scientific institutions, SE Ivchenko-Progress carries out the whole cycle of work on the production of advanced gas-turbine aviation and ground equipment and offers customers a wide range of high-tech products and services.