On Thursday, October 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the staff of the Samara company “UEC-Kuznetsov” of Rostec United Engine Corporation on the 110th anniversary of its creation.
In his congratulatory telegram, Vladimir Putin noted the long-term contribution of generations of factory workers to strengthening Russia’s defense capabilities and national security. The president paid special attention to the selfless work of plant personnel during the Great Patriotic War, when, under the most difficult evacuation conditions, uninterrupted production of aircraft engines for Il-2 attack aircraft was ensured.
“Your companies have an amazing history rich in work achievements. Thanks in large part to the professionalism and dedication of talented scientists, designers, engineers, specialists, the teams of factories have always honorably performed responsible government tasks, made a significant contribution to strengthening the defense capabilities and national security of the country. the years of the Great Patriotic War, when in the most difficult conditions – both in Moscow and at the new production site in Kuibyshev – they reliably supplied fighter aircraft of the Red Army Air Force with aircraft engines, which brought Victory closer”, stated the President.
“It is important that the current generation of factory workers work thoroughly, with full dedication, implement advanced ideas and developments to a large extent, carry out promising projects in the production and maintenance of aircraft engines, engines, industrial gas turbine plants in the interests of the Ministry. Defense of the Russian Federation, the largest domestic companies. And, of course, it is gratifying that you carefully preserve the continuity of generations, continue the wonderful traditions established by veterans,” the head of state said in a telegram.
The Samara region has historically played one of the key roles in space exploration. It was on the land of Samara that the rocket was created, on which Yuri Gagarin made the first flight into space in the history of mankind. Our launch vehicles have served the country for many decades, launching manned ships and transport ships, automated spacecraft into space. A large role in this complex work is played by the work of the team from the Samara plant “Kuznetsov”, where not only engines are assembled, but also components for launch vehicles are produced.
Recall that on September 21, the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-22 transport crewed spacecraft was successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. A crew of three led by the spacecraft’s commander, Hero of Russia, pilot-cosmonaut of the Russian Federation Sergei Prokopyev departed for the International Space Station.
“The fact that another successful launch took place is, of course, the huge contribution of all workers of RCC Progress, PJSC Kuznetsov, TYAZHMASH. Thanks to the workforce of these great companies, the Samara region is the most powerful and leading center of rocket science in our country, which gives Russia leading positions in the world,” Dmitry Azarov said, congratulating the launch participants.
PJSC “ODK-Kuznetsov” is the leading engine-building company in Russia, which designs, manufactures, repairs and maintains operational aircraft, ground and rocket engines. Part of United Engine Corporation. The company includes three key components – a design agency, a facility for serial production of engines and a unique test base.
PJSC “UEC-Kuznetsov” has counted its history since 1912. In 1941, the plant was evacuated from Moscow to the city of Kuibyshev (now Samara). The company is named after the general designer Nikolai Dmitrievich Kuznetsov, under whose leadership 57 original and modified aircraft and rocket engines of the NK brand were created. The products of PJSC “ODK-Kuznetsov” are of particular importance for maintaining the combat readiness of long-range flights of the Russian military space forces. The company designed, manufactured and maintains NK-12 engines for Tu-95MS, NK-25 for Tu-22M3 and NK-32 for Tu-160 aircraft. In 2020, the company resumed mass production of NK-32 series 02 engines for the upgraded Tu-160. For more than 60 years, Samara engine builders have been the monopoly manufacturer of engines for Soyuz-type launch vehicles. 100% of manned Russian space launches and up to 80% of commercial launches are performed with RD-107/108 engines and their modifications produced by PJSC “UEC-Kuznetsov”. Gas turbine engines with “land” applications NK-12ST, NK-14ST and NK-36ST with a capacity of 6.3 to 25 MW are currently used as part of gas compressor units by PJSC Gazprom, the oil and gas processing industry of Russia and foreign gas companies. Currently, PJSC “UEC-Kuznetsov” is working on the development and introduction into mass production of a promising high-performance product.