Russia’s Sokol to Develop Modernized Pilot Trainer

RIA Novosti26.04.2013 Products
Russia’s Sokol to Develop Modernized Pilot Trainer

Russia’s Sokol to Develop Modernized Pilot Trainer

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The Nizhny Novgorod-based Sokol aircraft manufacturer said on Wednesday it will develop a light aircraft for training Air Force Pilots.


The order for the development of a new training aircraft came from Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev earlier this year.

The new aircraft will be a modernized two-seat version of the M-101T Gzhel utility turboprop aircraft (photo), the company said.

The M-101T Gzhel was Russia’s first high-speed multirole turboprop able to use unpaved airfields.

The original Gzhel has a seating capacity of six and a maximum speed of 430 kilometers per hour.

Sokol manufactured Gzhel planes from 2003-2009, but halted production due to a lack of commercial demand. Just fifteen of the planes were built.

The aircraft manufacturer previously said the modernized Gzhel will have twin engines, a longer range and higher altitude.

 

Source: RIA Novosti

 
 



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