In the sky could soon be a new civil aircraft, which will compete with the most popular foreign models such as Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.
we are Talking about the latest Russian single-aisle medium-haul aircraft MS-21, the first instance of which left the final Assembly shop at the Irkutsk aviation plant (Irkut) and is preparing for flight tests.
This is the same aircraft, the presentation of which in the summer of last year the Prime Minister of Dmitry Medvedev said, not hiding his admiration: "Cool! What else can I say?!"
"I heartily congratulate you with the event, very important for our country and for the entire aviation — aircraft of the XXI century. And we are very proud of what he created in our country", — said the Prime Minister, speaking during the first public presentation of MS-21, the full name of which "Mainline aircraft of the XXI century".
in March 2017 Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters that the first flight of the MS-21 can roughly be held in late spring 2017. As said Rogozin, during conference calls with the leadership of the company "Irkut" he daily receives information that all the operation of the aircraft are going according to plan.
"the Exact date will be determined at the time of technical readiness and readiness of the crew," — said Rogozin, according to which, at the moment all tests, and static and flight — go to normal mode, and the military-industrial Commission Board daily receives information on their implementation.
the fact that the first instance of the MS-21 have left the final Assembly shop of the plant "Irkut", which is part of United aircraft Corporation, report. According to a source publication, at the end of 2018 — beginning of 2019 first flight instances of MS-21 is planned to supply the company "Aeroflot".
During the preflight preparation of the MS-21 will be filled with jet fuel, there will be a run of engines will be tested all of the aircraft in various modes, as well as other types of tests.
Most likely, this phase of testing will take place in the absence of the media, public presentation of the work machine to be held at a later date.
After the completion of flight test and obtain a certificate of the Federal air transport Agency MS-21 should appear in serial production, after which the machine goes to the customer. The main customer of the newest Russian medium-range aircraft called the largest Russian air carrier — "Aeroflot", which, according to the newspaper, has already ordered 50 of these aircraft.
it is Reported that the first MS-21 is equipped with a PW1400G engines of the American company Pratt & Whitney, but in the future manufacturers are going to go to the domestic engine PD-14.
the MS-21 will be produced in two versions: MS-21-200 (150 seats) and MS-21-300 (180 seats). Work on MS-21 started in 2008, today the portfolio of orders, both from Russian and from foreign airlines, is 175 machines, all of them have already received a partial prepayment.
the MS-21 Aircraft intended for the carriage of passengers, baggage and cargo on domestic and international routes. This model has the widest fuselage in the class of medium-haul aircraft (4.06 meters), which creates the maximum comfort to both passengers and crew.
the Chief designer MS-21 — Konstantin Popovic.
the MS-21 Aircraft developed on the basis of the Yak-242 OKB Yakovlev.
Of the features of the new aircraft, to the attention of the experts, the most modern and promising solution is the wing made of polymer composite materials (PCM). Today in the world there are only three aircraft, whose wings are made from composite materials — Boeing B787 Dreamliner, Airbus A350 XWB and Bombardier CSeries.
As reported in open sources, the MS-21 will not be the only in its class — in the framework of the program of creation of family of passenger aircraft of the new generation has developed the model MS-21-300 (160-211 seats) and MS-21-200 (130-176 seats).
However, according to critics, is exactly what yet to create the entire line is still quite far away, and the MS-21 a considerable amount of time will be the only one in its class, creates a vulnerability to the project, despite its newness and modernity.
according to Aviaexport Sergei Krutov while we cannot completely exclude that the project MS-21 will not repeat the mistakes made during the launch of the Sukhoi Superjet 100, which is not at all lived up to its expectations.
"I was sceptical about the SSJ-100, and the assertion that MS-21 will fill the niche occupied by the Boeing 737 and Airbus also make me doubt," said he.
According to the expert, in this case it's a model line, not one, even the ultra-modern aircraft.
"you Know, Boeing can win by creating such series. With Airbus, you can join the competition if you create such a number. And if you create a single plane, then on the competition with these giants to speak while early", — said the expert.
Exclusive review of the Corporation "Irkut" and opinions about the MS-21, the head of the portal "Aviator.ru" Sergei Martirosian read in the near future on the website Federal news Agency..