The factory testing of another An-148-100E jet intended for Russian Ministry of Defense has been completed by VASO, IA REGNUM reports with reference to press-service of the enterprise. It is the 23rd serial regional aircraft of the type manufactured by VASO (MSN 42-10, tail number RA-61723) and the fourth one to be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The implementation of test program was started on July 4th 2014; it included ground tests, 6 test flights and six acceptance flights. After that the type testing was started. According to a test-pilot of Ministry of Defense’s Acceptance Committee, Colonel Alexander Molokostov, the type tests are carried out at altitude of 150 meters at different speeds and using different configurations of the vehicle in order to approve the final production design of An-148.
Representatives of the ministry will start acceptance of the aircraft soon.
The contract for delivery of An-148 jets to Russian Ministry of Defense is being implemented since May 2013. Aircraft of the type manufactured by VASO will be used for transporting high-ranking military officials, personnel and their families. Pilots of the new An-148 jets are trained by specialists of Chkalov State Flight Test Center.