Russian company United Engine Corporation (UEC) has designed a comprehensive after-sales technical support programme for the Indian Navy's RD-33MK fighter engines.
The RD-33MK engines are used to power the Russian all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft MiG-29K/KUB, and the new programme has been designed to address the specific requirements of the Indian Navy.
UEC have agreed to offer a full range of technical support services for the engines throughout the post-warranty period under the agreement.
UEC has collaborated with the Russian United Aircraft Corporation to launch the after-sales technical support programme, which is designed to help quicken the Indian Navy's processing of requests, and help devise immediate solutions to any technical issues that might occur during the engine's operation.
The company will also provide logistical support, maintenance and repair, delivery of technical documentation, and staff training for the fighter engines of the navy.
RD-33MK is advanced version of the RD-33 engine equipped with a turbofan engine and an afterburner, and is capable of delivering higher thrust than the basic model.
The RD-33MK features a FADEC-type engine control system, which helps increase the engine’s service life considerably.
The fighter engine facilitates low specific fuel consumption and high gas flow stability in all operational modes to help enhance control of the aircraft, including when firing the on board weapons.
FADEC-type engines also enable the jet fighters to take off safely from the aircraft carrier deck and carry out combat missions efficiently, even in hot climates.
The RD-33MK engine includes a modular design that facilitates the repairing and replacing of individual parts, units and modules in the field.
Image: MiG-29K Fighter jet of the Indian Navy. Photo: courtesy of Indian Navy.