Russia is soon to test its MC-21-300 airliner equipped with domestically developed PD-14 engines, following US sanctions that prevented Moscow from using Pratt &Whitney engines in its aircraft.
"The assembly of the MC-21-300 fuselage to be tested with the Russian PD-14 engine was completed. The assembly of the MC-21-300 fuselage was completed at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of Irkut Corporation (part of UAC). This aircraft will be tested with the Russian PD-14 engine," Irkut Corporation said in a statement.
The semi-bodies of the prototype were docked at the automated station. Installation of systems, joining of wing consoles and tail fins of the MC-21-300 aircraft will begin soon, the statement read.
Irkut rolled out its first serially manufactured plane with the PD-14 engine made by United Engine Corporation (UEC) earlier this year.
According to UEC, the emission, noise and a number of other parameters are better than those of the Western analogues of the PD-14. In 2018 it received the Russian certificate. Its validation by the European EASA is expected later this year. PD-14 is developed by UEC-Aviadvigatel and produced by UEC-Perm motors.
The key technologies destined to provide PD-14 with a competitive advantage on the market are composite materials. Their use in the nacelle components (65% of elements) and in the engine itself decreases the total mass of the propulsion system by 8%.
Prevented by US sanctions from using Pratt & Whitney engines in its MC-21-300 airliner project, Irkut Corporation of Russia will roll out its first serially manufactured plane with the PD-14 engine made by United Engine Corporation (UEC). Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov who visited the Irkutsk aviation plant today said "under unfavorable conditions, we will be ready to switch only to domestic engines
Irkut MC-21 airliner will soon be undergoing windtunnel tests with the new Russian-made PD-14 high-bypass turbofan, developed by United Engine Company (UEC) subsidiary Aviadvigatel. Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute researchers are to examine the flight characteristics of the twinjet,
Irkut Corporation, the manufacturer of Russias first narrow-body commercial aircraft, confirmed that the first flight model of MC-21 will be equipped with the advanced locally-made PD-14 engine in 2019. "In 2019, well have plane No
Russias United Engine Corporation plans to invest 21.9 billion rubles (USD 390 million) into its production facilities in 2017-2025 for mass production of PD-14 aircraft engine for the new Irkut MC-21 airliner
Russia has planned to replace MC-21 twin-jet airliner's avionics manufactured by America's Honeywell and Rockwell Collins, and France's Thales with indigenous airborne avionics before 2023. A draft tender was issued to look for potential Russian manufacturers
The fourth Irkut MC-21-300 test airliner completed its maiden flight on Wednesday, December 25. The aircraft, with test registration 73056, departed from the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, located in the city of Irkutsk in Siberia, Russia
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