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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin: Russia will start mass production of the Irkut MC-21

Rostec made this announcement:

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that Russia will begin mass production of new civil aircraft of domestic design. He did this in his speech to the State Duma with an annual report on the work of the government. It is planned to mass-produce aircraft MC-21, Il-114-300. All these samples can be seen at the XV International Aviation and Space Salon. MС-21 will be presented for the first time with domestic PD-14 engines. 

On December 15, 2020, at the airfield of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of PJSC Irkut Corporation (part of the UAC of Rostec State Corporation), the first flight of the MC-21-310 aircraft, equipped with new Russian PD-14 engines, took place. MС-21 is a medium-range civil aircraft.

On December 16, 2020, a new regional passenger turboprop aircraft Il-114-300 made its first flight at the Zhukovsky airfield. The developer of the aircraft Aviation complex. S. V. Ilyushina (head enterprise of the Transport Aviation Division of PJSC UAC within the State Corporation Rostec). The new aircraft is not picky about the level of airfield equipment, it is adapted to operation in the harsh conditions of the North, Siberia, the Far East and, due to the optimal cabin capacity, can become the basic vehicle for the development of regional transportation. In 2022, UAC plans to complete the certification of the Il-114-300.

The XV International Aviation and Space Salon will be held in July 2021 in Zhukovsky near Moscow. The organizers of the event are the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, as well as the State Corporation Rostec. The International Aviation and Space Salon is one of the largest public events held in Russia. During the days of work, the exhibition is attended by about 500 thousand people. The record set by the MAKS-2001 exhibition, which was attended by over 660 thousand people, has not been surpassed by any aerospace show in the world.

From Wikipedia:

The Irkut MC-21 is a single-aisle airliner, developed by the Yakovlev Design Bureau and produced by its parent Irkut, a branch of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) in Russia. The initial design started in 2006 and detailed design was ongoing in 2011. After delaying the scheduled introduction from 2012 to 2020, Irkut rolled out the first MC-21-300 on June 8, 2016 and first flew the aircraft on May 28, 2017. After several years of delays, the first deliveries are expected in late 2021.

The twinjet has a carbon fibre reinforced polymer wing and is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1000G or Aviadvigatel PD-14 turbofans. The standard MC-21-300 has a capacity of 132–163 passengers in a two-class configuration and 165–211 in a single class, and a range up to 6,000–6,400 km (3,200–3,500 nmi). It will be followed by a shortened MC-21-200 version. By July 2018, it had received 175 firm orders and recorded nearly 150 intentions.

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Irkut MS-21-300 successfully completes certification test program in natural icing conditions

PJSC Irkut Corporation (part of United Aircraft Corporation of Rostec) has successfully completed certification tests of the MS-21-300 airliner (above) under natural icing conditions.  The aircraft attained normal performance even when covered with 8 cm thick layer of ice. This fully complies with Russian and European aviation standards: according to certification rules, performance characteristics must be maintained with a layer of ice 7.6 cm thick.

Top Photo: Denis Fedorko.

The plane made 14 test flights lasting between 3 to 5 hours over the coast of the White Sea, the Pechora Bay of the Barents Sea, south of Novaya Zemlya, as well as in the region of the Subpolar Urals. The plane returned today from the Arkhangelsk airport to the Ramenskoye airfield in Zhukovsky.

The spring conditions in White and Barents Seas create multilayered clouds, constant precipitation and sharp changes in pressure that cause constant icing hazards on aircraft.  The main danger caused by ice is the distortion of the delicate shape of the wing and other surfaces of the aircraft, as a result of which its flight performance can significantly deteriorate. 

MS-21-300 test flights from Arkhangelsk Airport were organized in several stages. During the first stage, the aircraft crew used meteorological service data to search for clouds that would cause icing comparable to the conditions for the aircraft certification. When flying in these clouds, the crew used special instruments to monitor the formation of ice on the surfaces of the aircraft. Upon reaching the required ice thickness, the plane flew to a given altitude, at which its behavior under natural icing conditions could be observed. The thickness of the ice layer increased from flight to flight.

In addition to the stability and controllability of the aircraft, the operation of the anti-icing systems of the MS-21-300 aircraft was also tested. According to the current regulations, the tests also have to confirm the ability of the aircraft to continue flying even when the anti-icing system is inoperative. Several separate aircraft systems were tested under these conditions, in particular, external lighting equipment, radio communication equipment and landing gear. 

The flights were performed by the Irkut Corporation crew consisting of test pilot Vasily Sevastyanov, test navigator Sergei Kudryashov, test engineers Nikolai Fonurin and Alexander Popov. The crew also included Nikolai Grigoriev, a pilot working with the certification process of the State Research Institute of Civil Aviation. 

MC-21 is a perspective commercial aircraft with a capacity of 150 to 211 passengers. Irkut Corporation (a UAC company) is creating the plane within a wide international cooperation • First aircraft for flight and strength tests are in production at the plant in the Irkutsk city • An extensive program of aerodynamic, strength and endurance test confirm design solutions • An extensive upgrading program of Russian enterprises resulted with radically new technological environment • A system of technical and financial customers support is developed • The total number of orders for MC-21-300 and MC-21-200 aircraft is 273–175 of them are firm orders.

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