The first flight of the Baikal plane has been postponed to 2022.
The first test flight of the new light aircraft LMS-901 “Baikal” has been postponed until 2022, the head of the Ministry of Trade of Russia Denis Manturov told reporters on December 28. According to him, it should happen at the beginning of the year.
“Baikal” was to make its first flight in late 2021. In July, said the executive director of the Ural Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA, will produce these aircraft) Sergei Fedorov. In October, these plans were confirmed by Deputy Commercial Director Maxim Harin. “Vedomosti” sent a request to a representative of UZGA.
UZGA was a structure of Rostech, but in April 2018 the plant left the state corporation. Now, according to SPARK, 75% of the plant belongs to the owner of “NK Bank” Viktor Grigoriev. But Iskander Mahmudov and Andrei Bokarov are named the final beneficiaries of the Vedomosti source. They also own the Czech Aircraft Industries, under whose license the L-410 for local lines is assembled at the UZGA site. Uzga also produces Farpost-R unmanned aerial vehicles for the Russian Armed Forces and DA42 light training aircraft under license from the Austrian Diamond Aircraft.
LMS-901 was developed on behalf of President Vladimir Putin in 2019-2021. 100% “daughter” UZGA company “Baikal Engineering”. State investment in the project amounted to 12.5 billion rubles. In the basic version, the aircraft is designed to carry nine passengers. Manturov at a meeting of the presidium of the State Council on October 19 promised that the aircraft will receive a type certificate with the ability to carry up to 14 people.
According to the State Research Institute of Civil Aviation, the demand of Russian operators for aircraft with a capacity of 9-19 seats will be 360 units by 2025 and 600 – by 2030. It is assumed that “Baikal” will replace the fleet of obsolete “corn” An-2 in Russia, which left about 300 pieces in a state of airworthiness.
The only prototype of “Baikal” was presented in the summer of 2021 at the MAX Air Show. The authorities hope to certify the plane in 2023. Serial production of the plane will start at the same time, the head of the Ministry of Trade said earlier. The cost of the car, according to the customer’s specifications, should not exceed 120 million rubles.
The main customer of the new light aircraft should be the only Far Eastern airline, which is created on the basis of “Aurora”. According to the approved delivery schedule, the first two “Baikal” it will receive in 2023. In total, by 2025, “Aurora” should deliver 10 such aircraft.
The editor-in-chief of the branch portal avia.ru Raman Husarau does not consider the delay with the flight of Baikal critical. “We do not live in the Soviet Union, where we need to report on our achievements before the next party congress. He will fly a month or two later. In historical perspective, it makes no difference, ”the expert told Vedomosti. He reminded that “Baikal” is being replaced by the An-2, which was created at the turn of 1940-1950. and flies still. That is, the novelty should be focused on comparable service life, he concluded.