MC-21 Heading for Certification

Russia’s latest jet airliner programme, the Irkut MC-21 has now entered its flight test and certification programme. Richard Schuurman examines the jet’s development so far.

The MC-21 incorporates technologies from various Western suppliers including Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, Elbit Systems, Thales and Rockwell Collins.
The first prototype MC-21, 21001 (c/n 001), was publicly rolled out at the manufacturer’s Irkutsk Aviation Plant in Eastern Siberia on June 8, 2016.

This is an important year for the Irkut MC-21 programme. The jet completed its maiden flight nine months ago, on May 28, 2017 and its manufacturer is now busy with the certification process. It is hoped the aircraft will enter service next year. The innovative design is also expected to make its debut on the international scene, with appearances scheduled at various exhibitions and airshows, including Farnborough International in July.

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