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Irkutsk aircraft plant will build 175 MS-21 for customers
Irkutsk Aviation Plant (a branch of the Irkut Corporation) builds 175 MS-21 aircraft for customers. Airlines of the Aeroflot group were among the first operators.
According to the press service of the government of the Russian Federation, the assembled fuselage of the first airliner is in the final assembly shop of the plant. The fuselage of the second serial MC-21 is being assembled there, and the fuselage sections of subsequent aircraft are being produced in the aggregate assembly shops. Andrey Yelchaninov, the first deputy chairman of the board of the Military-Industrial Commission, visited the enterprise today.
MC-21-300 / 310 is a new generation medium-range aircraft with a capacity of 163 to 211 seats. Among the Russian suppliers, the assembly involves Russian manufacturers of aircraft systems: from Nizhny Novgorod, Ulyanovsk, Voronezh, Kazan and a number of other Russian cities. Domestic companies act as integrators of onboard equipment and software developers.
After the refusal of foreign partners to supply raw materials for the production of composite structures from 2020, the airframe units, including the wing, are made from domestic materials. The share of composite materials in the aircraft structure exceeds 30%, which made it possible to develop a wing with a large aspect ratio and improve the aircraft aerodynamics.
According to the plans MS-21 with Russian engines must receive a certificate from the Federal Air Transport Agency in 2022, then undergo validation according to the European standards of the EASA agency, after which it will be possible to operate it by airlines. Serial production is expected to start in 2023.