The Russian MC-21 airliner will be displayed for the first time outside Russia at the Teknofest Istanbul Aerospace and Technology Festival (TIATF) to begin tomorrow in the Turkish capital in which it arrived today marking its first international flight.
The aircraft flew from Zhukovsky airfield outside Moscow earlier and arrived in Istanbul after a three hour flight earlier today. The flight is significant because the aircraft is yet to enter serial production and the aircraft that made the flight is part of the prototypes.
Earlier international displays of the MC-21 have been mock-ups of the cabin. This is the first time that the prototype aircraft itself will be presented at an international event, its manufacturer, Irkut Corporation said today.
Irkut Corporation, a member of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), is in charge of designing, testing, and manufacturing the MC-21-300. The MC-21-300 made its public debut at MAKS 2019, International Aviation and Space salon, which was held in late august 2019.
MC-21-300, which is shown at the MAKS 2019 air show, is exhibited in two-class configuration, which also includes test equipment installed in the rear of the passenger cabin.
Irkut Corporation sees good prospects for the MC-21 at time when its closest rival, the Boeing 777 Max is having problems related to its software that have been blamed on two crashes.
It is expected that the fourth MC-21-300 test vehicle will start performing flight tests in 2019. Another MC-21-300 is being assembled to go through flight tests with Russian PD-14 engines.
During the flight tests, the aircraft performed flights at altitudes and speeds that are typical for the main operating modes. The maximum values were achieved: altitude – 12,500 m, M – 0,89, true speed – 949 km/h, and flight duration — 6,2 hours.
Flight tests confirmed the correctness of the main design and technological solutions. Flights are operated by test pilots from Yakovlev Engineering Centre (design and engineering unit of Irkut Corporation), pilots-experts of LII Gromova, GosNIIGA (State Research Institute of Civil Aviation), and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Irkut Corp of Russia has started tooling, raw material sourcing and other preparations for the mass-production of the MC-21-300 passenger aircraft even as the airliner is undergoing its final set of certification tests. Ravil Hakimiv, General Director of Irkut together other company executives said during a press conference at MAKS 2019 event in Moscow that all the main confirmation tests to prove the main characteristics of the aircraft had been completed
Irkut Corporation will present MC-21-300 new generation passenger aircraft for the first time at Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019. The aircraft participating the MAKS flying display is the FTV-1, which has performed maiden flight
Russias MC-21 aircraft successfully underwent the second certification tests by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). During the certification tests, EASA experts evaluated the behavior of MC-21-300 aircraft in various modes at altitudes till 12,000 m
Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on Tuesday that the company is planning to build six MC-21 airplanes in 2021. "We have planned to manufacture six MC-21 planes in 2021, twelve in 2022, and 25 in 2023
Damen Shipyards, PT PAL Install Combat Systems Aboard Indonesian Sigma Frigate
Czech Republic to Replace Russian Radars with Israeli 3D Mobile Air Defense...
S.Korea's Light Civil Helicopter Makes First Flight
Japan To Deploy Troops, Military Hardware To Middle East
Germany To Finalise Order for 38 Eurofighter Jets, 110 E-Scan Radars
Turkish Navy to get First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier in 2020
Bechtel Bags US Navy's $1.4Bn Naval Nuclear Propulsion Components Contract
Su-57 Performs 16 Flights with New, Powerful Engine
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...