Flight testing of the first plane Tu-214-OH, intended to conduct aerial surveys in the framework of the "Open Skies", will begin at the Kazan Aviation Production Association (KAPA) Gorbunov soon, reported "Interfax-AVN" in the Russian military-industrial complex.
"Currently, the CAPO conducted ground tests before the first flight of the Tu-214-OH. This modification differs various special equipment, including aerofotoapparaturoy for work on control within the framework of the international program "Open Skies" — a spokesman said.
According to him, the plane is different from the base model, not only the composition of equipment in the cockpit. "Therefore, it will go through all kinds of tests — flight design, certification and government," the spokesman said.
According to him, the state tests will be mainly issued special equipment and special equipment of aircraft.
"The completion of all kinds of tests can be expected in 2012," — said the source.
He clarified that the customer Tu-214-OH is the Defense Ministry. According to him, CAPO has signed a contract for the supply of two Tu-214-OH.
"CAPO in the coming years will be to carry out production of the Tu-214 in various versions for the Ministry of Defence," — said the source.
He did not rule out that the first Tu-214-OH can take part in MAKS-2011, which will be held in August in Zhukovsky near Moscow.
Earlier it was reported that in November 2005, CAPO has received an order for production based on the Tu-214 aircraft of six special — two air repeaters Tu-214SR, two flying command posts Tu-214PU and two Tu-214SUS (special communication center). Flight range Tu-214 is more than 8.5 thousand km. Just ordered 12 aircraft of the "Tu-214" and a further 12 machines provided the option.