In a world moving towards big twins, Russia’s Frigate has decided to move to quad power. As Alexader Klimov, Frigate project leader, suggests, speed to market is the prime mover in the decision. He says there are no engines of the size he wants to keep the aircraft a twin. The thrust he requires ranges from 40K to 50K.
Here is a rendering of what the quad Ecojet might look like.
Intriguingly, Klimov’s vision of the aircraft closely resembles the purported 797. The Ecojet is going to be a contender for the MoM. Which means a high-risk profile for Frigate. Currently, Airbus is cleaning up in this segment, without a real competitor. Boeing is still mulling its next move in this segment, which it originally identified and then owned with the 757 and 767.
Perhaps it is time for Frigate to look east? China wants to reduce dependence on western OEMs and is funding a number of projects with Russian origins.