PowerJet, built on solid foundations
Safran Aircraft Engines and NPO Saturn began to work together in 1997, when Safran Aircraft Engines subcontracted the production of CFM56* engine parts to NPO Saturn. The PowerJet joint venture for the SaM146 engine takes the collaboration a step further, and reflects both confidence in the market and the longstanding mutual trust between the two partners.
The SaM146 development program proceeded very smoothly, reflecting the successful collaboration – a first – between Western and Russian engine manufacturers. Safran Aircraft Engines and NPO Saturn joined forces to design, develop and produce the SaM146, the most modern powerplant now available in the regional jet market.
The development of the SaM146 was spurred by the favorable market outlook for regional jets, the growing role of Russia in global aviation markets, and the shared aim of Safran Aircraft Engines and NPO Saturn to extend their scope of expertise.
*CFM56 engines are made by CFM International, the 50-50 joint company of Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.
VolgAero, founded in 2005 in Rybinsk, is a state-of-the-art production plant which makes parts for the SaM146, as well as parts and assemblies for other engines produced by the two parent companies. In 2007, Safran Aircraft Engines and NPO Saturn built an open-air test cell in Poluevo, Russia (near Rybinsk) to handle certification tests for the SaM146. It is the only open-air test facility for this type of engine in Europe and it also provides test services for other engines.
Safran Aircraft Engines (Safran), a world leader in aerospace propulsion
Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world‘s leading manufacturers of aircraft and rocket engines. Working alone or in partnership, it designs, develops, produces and markets engines for civil and military airplanes, launch vehicles and satellites. Safran Aircraft Engines also offers a complete range of engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to airlines, armed forces and other operators - Safran Aircraft Engines Website
NPO Saturn, at the cutting edge of Russian engine technology
NPO Saturn is the leading Russian designer and manufacturer of gas turbine engines for civil and military aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, electric power plants, gas pumping units and marine applications. NPO Saturn deploys an extensive array of state-of-the art R&D and production resources to design, develop and produce advanced gas turbine solutions - NPO Saturn Website
PowerJet combines resources from both Safran Aircraft Engines and NPO Saturn.