The Irkutsk Aviation Plant is the major manufacturing facility of the IRKUT Corporation. This powerful processing center is capable of implementing a full range of tooling design, production preparation, manufacturing, and after-sales support of various aircraft. Due to advanced quality management system, the Irkutsk Aviation Industrial Association was the first enterprise of the Russia's aviation industry to be granted the ISO 9002 Certificate of compliance with the international quality standards in 1997.
Since 1934, for seven decades this enterprise has been manufacturing aircraft of over twenty types, developed by virtually every aviation design bureau of the USSR and Russia. New aircraft always featured the engineering and technology solutions, unique to the world aviation industry at the time. Aircraft manufactured in Irkutsk were exported to 37 nations worldwide.
Currently, the enterprise implements production manufacturing of the Su-30MK Multirole Combat Aircraft and the Be-200 Multipurpose Amphibian.
Great attention is paid to development of manufacturing technologies, development and modernization of the production base, with millions USD invested annually in these areas. Introduction of CAD/CAM/CAE technologies made it possible to shorten production preparation time span and labour consumption, improve quality of components manufacturing, and cut tooling expenses.
With the goal to ensure high reliability and life endurance, the enterprise develops new technologies to high ensure accuracy and long resource requirements for all aircraft components.
The up-to-date equipment, tooling, and software are widely used for volume and sheet die forging, metal processing, welding, foundry, and final assembling.
Preliminary blanking processing is implemented with the use of a wide variety of machinery items ranging from powerful mechanical presses to robotic production lines. New technologies are introduced for manufacturing of traditional airframe components. Blanking shops are fitted with advanced equipment for laying-out sheets, bending shapes, and shaping double-curvature skins. To relieve internal stresses and ensure geometrical accuracy, special vacuum thermo-processing furnaces are used.
The metalworking shops are equipped with up-to-date equipment for final processing of parts. The multipurpose machining centers and NC machines are employed for high-quality processing of long-size panels.
Dedicated foundry facilities ensure manufacturing of parts and components made of virtually any ferrous and non-ferrous metal. Both "classic" materials and high-temperature stainless steel and titanium alloys are successfully welded due to availability of argon-arc and gas-shielded welding technologies.
The high-tech facilities are available to perform assembling and testing of fuel/hydraulic pipelines and high-strength joints, as well as mounting of on-board equipment and other assembly operations.
To ensure high reliability of final products, all components and materials are subjected to thorough manufacturing entry tests and inspections. Additionally, the ground-test facility is used for inspection, final tuning and adjustment of avionics and all aircraft systems.
The flight test center is completely suited for carrying out flight tests of aircraft produced, as well as for testing their flight-and-navigation and weapon systems. The team of test pilots possesses vast experience and expertise in testing aircraft of various types in harsh environment and adverse weather conditions.