Irkut MC-21 to begin flight testing in 2016

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By admin September 12, 2014 19:21

Irkut MC-21 to begin flight testing in 2016

Russian deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has announced that the Irkut MC-21 narrow-body 150-200-seat jet will begin flight tests in April 2016. Rogozin added that Irkut has already built the first fuselage.

The manufacturer has stated it intends to assemble 50 aircraft per year. Irkut is another manufacturer that has selected Pratt & Whitney’s PW1400G Geared Turbofan engine, but it also plans to equip the aircraft with the Russian PD-14. According to Rogozin, the fourth-built aircraft will be equipped with Russian engines.

At the end of August, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved $400 million in state guarantees for the development of the Irkut MC-21. The guarantees secure Irkut’s obligations under a loan, issued by Sberbank, which extended a $1 billion line of credit for the project. According to the Russian government, the MC-21 program is worth $3.497 billion.

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By admin September 12, 2014 19:21