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02:49 PM, March 25, 2018
Second Prototype of Russia's MC-21-300 Airliner Assembled
Second prototype of MC-21-300 aircraft: Irkut Corp image

Second prototype of Russia’s MC-21-300 aircraft has been assembled and is ready for flight testing.

At the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of Irkut Corporation,. the test results of the first prototype aircraft were taken into account in the production of a new aircraft. On March 25, the MC-21-300 was transferred from the final assembly shop to the flight test department.

"The completion of the second aircraft assembly is an important stage in the implementation of the MC-21 program. Entering of new machines this year to flight testing will solve the key tasks of the project: to complete the certification of MC-21 in a timely manner, to launch mass production and to put the first airliners to the customer," Denis Manturov, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade sid.

At present, the fuselage of the third MC-21-300 prototype aircraft is being assembled at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, and the components and units of the fourth aircraft have arrirved. The manufacture of aircraft parts and components intended for endurance test aircraft is underway.

In total, 4 MC-21-300 aircraft will be involved in flight tests ahead of the certification process.

The first MC-21-300 aircraft prototype is undergoing flight tests at the airfield of Flight Research Institute, M.M. Gromov in Zhukovsky city, Moscow region. The aircraft for static testing is tested in Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI).

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