Sergey Alekseyevich Chaplygin,
founder of SibNIA,
Research Advisor of the Novosibirsk
branch No2 TsAGI (1941–1942),
Member of the Academy of Science,
Hero of socialist labour


  Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov,
fist Director of SibNIA (1946–1948),
Principal Designer,
Member of the Academy of Science,
Hero of socialist labour


SibNIA was established in July 09, 1946 by the Resolution of the Government of USSR (SM SSSR) No 1593-684 on the ground of the Novosibirsk branch No 2 of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) formed by the Decision of the State Defense Committee of USSR (GKO SSSR) No 513 on August 19, 1941.

In 1941–1942 Sergey Alekseyevich Chaplygin, one of the originators of the aerodynamics, Member of the Academy of Science, the Hero of Socialist Labour, and the Honored Worker of Science headed works on development and construction of laboratories facilities, as well as operation of the scientists and specialists evacuated from TsAGI.

Within the years passed from its foundation, the Institute has changed into the largest aeronautical centre with the unique experimental capabilities, research laboratories, and highly qualified personnel working in various aeronautics activities: aerodynamics and aircrafts flight dynamics, static, fatigue, thermal, and dynamic strength of aircraft components, airborne equipment, characteristic life research for various types of aircrafts, flight tests, scientific and technical support in aeronautics production, exploitation, and repair.

The Test Centre was formed on the basis of SibNIA and obtained certification of the Aeronautic Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee and the State Standard of Russia. The Institute Quality Management System received the Certificate of Conformance to the International Aerospace Standards ISO 9001 and АС 9100.

Institute’s experimental capabilities make it possible to perform full-scale static, fatigue, and dynamic tests of aircrafts with the weight below 500 tons, aggregates and airframe components; aerodynamic researches on the aircraft layout design, finishing of the advanced aircrafts under design, as well as mass-produced aerotechnics, and flight tests of the mass-produced and tested aircrafts and aerotechnics.

SibNIA is the only multi-profile aeronautic centre behind the Ural that is capable to solve practical tasks related to the aircraft design and testing, as well as aircrafts maintenance for their operation and the overhaul-period renewal.


Research and participation in creation (during the independent and collaborative works performed in cooperation with the TsAGI specialists) of the airframe design of the following:

Su-27 aircraft and its modifications;

Product line of the sport acrobatic aircrafts from Su-26, Su-29, and Su-31 family, as well as their modifications;

All types of Ground effect vehicles produced in the USSR;

Various types of planes and other aircrafts produced in the USSR and in Russia.

Provision of strength and endurance of the most part of the mass-produced civil and military airplanes and helicopters produced in the USSR and Russia.

Researches and development of measures that provide strength and reliability of alighting gears for all aircrafts produced in the USSR and Russia.

Development of Know-How aerospace objects testing without the use of hyperthermal vacuum chambers.

Development of Know-How aerospace objects acoustical testing based on the running acoustic wave effect.

Development of the unique measurement, control, and diagnostic tools to receive information during structural testing.

Development of theoretical principles of calculation and design of sandwich shells, wide-body aircrafts, and war planes with consideration of damages.

Currently the Institute works on creation and adjustment of resource of SSJ-100, the Regional Jet — the aircraft of the 5th generation, and МС-21, the short-medium-range aircraft; the Institute also forms the technology advance for creation of the long-range aircraft.