Sukhoi Superjet 100
A major aviation milestone was marked when the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional jet recently made its maiden flight.
The Sukhoi is the first civil aircraft to be designed in Russia for more than 20 years - and Thales has played a major role in this landmark project. As a tier 1 supplier and systems integrator, Thales has provided the Sukhoi with a full avionics suite, including cockpit displays, integrated modular avionics, and communication, navigation and surveillance systems.
A project of such international importance demands world-class expertise, and Thales accordingly drew on its centers of excellence in Canada, France, Russia and elsewhere. On top of offering an innovative solution, this approach also proved an enriching experience for all at Thales, as it helped bring together our diverse cultures and languages.
Thales has been working in close cooperation with Sukhoi on the design, conception, specification and validation of the SuperJet's flight deck. One of the most significant developments took place in February 2006 with the inauguration of the joint Thales /Sukhoi Civil Aviation Company Software Development Center in Moscow. The center's 60-strong team of engineers is dedicated to designing software for the Superjet's avionics package.
In the long term, Sukhoi is aiming to produce 70 aircrafts a year, with sales targets of between 800 and 1,800 planes. The program leads the resurgence of the Russian aerospace sector - and Thales is proud to be part of such a breakthrough venture. With the project already taking off, we are looking forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration with Sukhoi.
On the Superjet 100, pilots will benefit from a much-simplified working environment, through the high processing capability of integrated modular avionics and an extremely user-friendly cockpit featuring large LCD screens.