SaM146 Engine Undergoes Flight Tests Aboard LII Gromov's Flying Lab

Zhukovsky, Russia, December 7, 2007

On December 6, 2007 the SaM146 engine, developed and produced by PowerJet, a joint-venture between Snecma (SAFRAN group) and NPO Saturn, started its flight test campaign on LII Gromov's Il-76LL flying laboratory.

This is the first of the two scheduled steps of engine flight tests. The first part will take place in Zhukovsky, Russia. The second part of the tests will be carried out in Snecma Flight Testing Center in Istres, in the South-East of France.

The flight test campaign objectives are: engine performance and operability, engine system operations under various flight conditions, engine start within the range of expected operating conditions and engine control systems.

The SaM146 is designed specifically for regional jets of the new generation. It features the most up-to-date design based on the experience of the two mother companies Snecma and NPO Saturn, and the close partnership that they have built to bring this programme to success. The SaM146 specific characteristics are high dispatch reliability, low maintenance costs, low fuel consumption, as well as full compliance with existing and future environment standards set forth by ICAO. The SaM146 power plant will be certified by the European, Russian and American aviation authorities.

PowerJet, founded in July 2004, is a joint venture of Snecma, SAFRAN Group of France and NPO Saturn of Russia. The company is in charge of the SaM146 engine program management, including development, production, marketing and sales, as well as customer support and MRO services. In April 2003, the SaM146 engine was selected by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft to power its regional jet Superjet100.

For further information, contact:

- PowerJet: Alexia Attali - Tél. : +33 (0)1 69 87 09 30 -

- Snecma: Antoinette Ménard - Tél. : +33 (0)1 69 87 09 28 -

-NPO Saturn: Sergey Zhiltsov - Tél. : +7 (0855) 296-284 -

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