Sukhoi Su-80

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Su-80
S-80.jpg
Su-80 at MAKS Airshow, Zhukovski in 2001
Role Transport
Manufacturer Sukhoi
(KnAAPO)
First flight 4 September 2001
Status Production
Primary user Kazakh Federal Border Guards
Number built 8

The Sukhoi Su-80 (formerly known as the Sukhoi S-80) is a Russian twin-turboprop, twin-boom STOL transport aircraft.

Variants[edit]

The Su-80 program was supposed to start in the late 1990s, but due to lack of funds, it was postponed for a few years. Finally, the combined Freight/Passenger Su-80GP was built as a prototype which would have started in early 1998 for its first flight. But again he program was delayed . The first flight of the prototype was at MAKS −2001 in Moscow issued Zhukovsky.

On the fourth September 2001 Igor Wotinzew started with the prototype, 82911, on his first flight. In early 2006, the Su-80 in the KnAAPO in Komsomolsk-on-Amur went into production.


The first model of the turboprop transporter Sukhoi S-80 was shown at the 46th Paris International Air and Space Show, 2005.[1] The plane is being developed by Sukhoi OKB and the aircraft factory in Komsomolsk/Amur under the "konversija" program. The aircraft is intended to replace the An-24/26, An-28 and Yak-40, and to compete with the Antonov An-38 . The design of the machine is very similar to the Scaled Composites ATTT and the Rockwell OV-10. It has three lift-generating surfaces: the primary wings; two fins at the rear of the fuselage which join the booms to the fuselage; and the horizontal stabilizer which joins the two vertical fins at the rear of the booms. Two General Electric CT7-9B turboprop engines are housed in bays at the front of the tail booms.

The sleek hull offers space for 30 passengers, and a so-called "beaver-tail" cargo ramp is fitted at the rear of the fuselage, which allows for easy loading and unloading of cargo.

There are two different models of the Su-80. The four pre-series aircraft were of a short-fuselage design, while the fifth, sixth and seventh prototypes were stretched by 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in) allowing an extra row of passenger seats.[2]

Versions[edit]

  • S-80PC (Su-80GP) – Combination Passenger and Freight carrier
  • S-80TC – light military troop transport
  • S-80F – Fishery patrol
  • S-80PT – (patrol transport) for the Russian Border Guards, can be armed with machine guns, light auto-cannon, rockets, bombs, and surveillance devices.
  • S-80GE – Geological support
  • Su-80GP-100 – Transporter

Operational service[edit]

S-80 (rear view) at Zhukovski in 2003

Eight aircraft from the second production (first definitive) batch are earmarked for delivery to customers.[2]

Commercial orders[edit]

Blagoveshchensk Airlines, ChukotAvia, Dalavia, the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski Aviation Enterprise, and Polar Airlines have all signed preliminary agreements for the acquirement of the type.[2] The KnAAPO factory airline is expected to be the Su-80s first operator.[2]

Military orders[edit]

The Kazakhstan Border Guards have tentatively ordered ten Su-80s, while the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force, Jordanian Air Force, Malaysian Air Force and Republic of Korea Air Force have all expressed interest.[2]

Specifications (Su-80GP)[edit]

Data from Sukhoi[3] and KNAAPO[4]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament
Wing and fuselage hardpoints for bombs, rockets, machine guns, and light autocannon.

Avionics

  • SSI-80 aerial navigation and indication system
  • SBKV-P strapdown heading and altitude system
  • SVS-80 aerial signals system
  • ARK-M automatic radio compass
  • A-076 radio altitude-sensing and speed-measuring system
  • VIM-95C (VOR/ILS/SP/MRK) navigation and landing systems
  • VND-94S(DME) radio range-finder
  • SO-94R (UVD) radar responder
  • 4205 airborne national identification responder
  • RSBN-85C meteorological short-range navigation system

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sukhoi.org/eng/exhibitions/paris2005/. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Air International, August 2006: "Pre-series Su-80GP First Flight"
  3. ^ "Sukhoi Company website". Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  4. ^ "KNAAPO Company website". Retrieved 2011-02-09. [dead link]

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