Irkut picks avionics supplier for MC-21

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Russian radio-electronic technology provider KRET has secured a deal to design an integrated avionics suite for the Irkut MC-21 twinjet.

The government has endorsed allocation of Rb2.6 billion ($72 million) to finance 80% of development and testing work, with KRET investing Rb600 million.

The industry and trade ministry says the project is in line with its policy of increasing domestically sourced added value on new Russian civil aircraft.

KRET deputy general director for strategic planning Andrei Tyulin says more than half of the avionics equipment selected for the MC-21 is of domestic origin.

“A foreign portion includes navigation and communications systems, with some products supplied by Rockwell Collins and Honeywell,” he says.

“We've conducted research on the alternative configuration for three years. During this time, there appeared an array of domestic solutions which it could employ.”

The proposed avionics suite is based on a flexible-module principle. Tyulin believes this will make it adaptable to other Russian aircraft types including the Sukhoi Superjet, Beriev Be-200 and Ilyushin Il-96-300.