The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI) is developing a revolutionary civil aircraft, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to the Director General of TsAGI, Boris Aleshin.
"In the near future the civil aircraft will have a revolutionary aerodynamic configuration, - he said. – I am confident that aircraft with a “flying wing” configuration will be developed by 2025-2030. They will outmatch the existing liners by 50-60% in terms of economic efficiency".
"We may obtain fantastic results by means of launching the production of composite components for them", - Boris Aleshin added.
According to him, the most significant effect may be obtained not only by implementing new technologies but also by affecting the process of upgrading the whole industry. "The airframers will have to carry out a massive technical re-equipping", - Aleshin said.
The engine industry will also change. "There will be no more engines having a form of a “barrel”, - he said. –The powerplant will be split and integrated into the aircraft’s wings. This will be a brand-new aircraft developed by a new generation of engineers".
At present TsAGI is developing a new aircraft demonstrator. According to Boris Aleshin, we may see the vehicle’s layout after 2020. "Conservative aerodynamic configurations will become a thing of the past – we are standing on the cusp of new technical solutions", - he said.