Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI)

Also Known As: 

Tsentralnyy Aerogidrodinamicheskiy Institut (TsAGI) Imeni N. Ye. Zhukovskogo; Ramenskoye Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile

Exporting Country: 



1 Ulitsa Zhukovskogo, 140160 Zhukovskiy 3, Moscow oblast


7-095-556-4153; 556-4250; 556-4224; 556-4289; 556-4213; 556-4205


7-095-271-0019; 556-4337

Acoustic test facility at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI)
Aircraft undergoing testing in a wind tunnel at TsAGI
Wind tunnel at TsAGI
View of the exterior of TsAGI

Russia's premier theoretical and applied aerospace research facility; military product lines include fighters, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft; helped design and test every major Soviet fighter, airliner, and spacecraft; conducts research in aeroacoustics, aerothermodynamics, gas dynamics, aircraft aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, structural integrity, composite materials, flight dynamic and vehicle control systems, hydrodynamics, lasers and optics, microwave technology, plasma physics, and precision manufacturing.

Possesses more than fifty aerodynamic test facilities, including a supersonic wind tunnel to test speeds up to Mach 1.7, a 24 meter subsonic wind tunnel, a 4,600 cubic meter thermal testing chamber that simultaneously checks temperature, pressure, and speed, and a 13.5 meter diameter, 30 meter long vacuum chamber for thermal strength testing; possesses auxiliary turbomachinery component test facilities, air cushion vehicle aerodynamics and component test facilities, acoustic test facilities, structures and materials test facilities, flight simulators, and hydrostatic and hydrodynamic test facilities; heavily involved in mathematical modeling, computational fluid dynamics and finite element methods.

Reportedly developed, in cooperation with the Raduga Machine Building Design Bureau, a hypersonic air-to-surface cruise missile, called the Hypersonic Experimental Flying Testbed or GELA; reportedly contracted with Iran's Shahid Hemat (Hemmat) Industrial Group (SHIG) in 1996 for the construction of a wind tunnel for missile design, the manufacture of model missiles and the creation of related computer software.

Reportedly concluded nearly a dozen contracts worth about $150,000 with SHIG between February and July 1996; founded 1918.

Date Entered: 

January 26, 2004

Date Last Modified: 

March 18, 2004