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Aircraft: series production of PD-14 turbofans has started

Intended for the new MS-21/300 short and medium range narrow-body -VIDEO

The executive director of the Russian Rostec, Oleg Yevtushenko, has announced that the serial production of the PD-14turbofan for the Russian Irkut MS-21/300 (or MC-21) aircraft has started. Previously named PS-14, the engine is made by Aviadvigatel -Russian manufacturer of aircraft engines, in particular of the jet type for commercial aircraft- taking into account international standards and requirements.

The turbofan was designed for two planes both under development: the Ilyushin Il-276, and precisely the MS-21. While the first (project abandoned by India) is a military transport aircraft, whose first flight seems to be scheduled for 2023, the second is a short and medium-range narrow-body airliner made by Irkut and Yakovlev, part of of the United Aircraft Corporation, UAC, in addition to replacing the old Tupolev Tu-154 and Tu-204/214 in the Russian national aeronautical production, also with the ambition to compete in the narrow-body aircraft market with the A-320 and -320Neo of the European Airbus, with the B-747NG and MAX of the American Boeing, and with the C-919 of the Chinese Comac.

The airliner can accommodate from 150 to 211 passengers; the first flight took place in May 2017; certification is expected to be released this year, and series production will begin in 2021. Launch customer will be the Russian flag carrier Aeroflot.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency