22 December, 2017: Sukhoi Superjet 100 performed its maiden flight with the installed saberlets in Zhukovsky, Moscow Oblast, Russia.
The saber-like configuration of the tips installed on to the Sukhoi Superjet 100 turned out to be the result of collaboration between Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI).
The geometry of the tips was determined with the implementation of the innovative methods of 3D optimization based on numerical computation called Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) – the unique TsAGI know-how used in Russian aviation industry in particular for Sukhoi Superjet 100 program.
The saber-like tips allows simultaneously enhancing the take-off and landing performance and decreasing the fuel consumption for not less than 3 per cent The expected improvement of the take-off and landing characteristics will be obvious for the carriers operating the aircraft at regional runways and in hot weather conditions as well as on mountain aerodromes (Hot&High).
“Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company is consequently implementing the Sukhoi Superjet 100 improvement program aiming at market expansion and the increase of the number of Customers, the current Operators satisfaction level growth and the maintenance of the high competitive level of the product. The wing tips installation being the part of the improvement program will provide the operators with cost cut up to $70 000 per year per one SSJ100”, points the President of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company Alexander Rubtsov.
VASO (Voronezh aircraft manufacturer) is the manufacturer of the saberlets kits, the materials used are certified in Russia as well as abroad.