Russian authorities have proposed to the Eurasian Economic Union a reduction in import tariffs for aircraft engines, intended to assist development of the Irkut MC-21.

The MC-21 will be available with either Pratt & Whitney PW1400G powerplants or the Russian-build Aviadvigatel PD-14.

Russia is one of five members of the Eurasian trading bloc, which also includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

The Eurasian Economic Commission states that it has received a draft proposal from Russia to set a zero-rate import customs duty for engines in the 110-145kN (24,700-32,600lb) thrust range.

Under the initiative the rate would stay in place until 31 December 2023.

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Source: United Aircraft

MC-21s will be fitted with the Russian PD-14 or the US PW1400G engine

“These engines are necessary for installation as a main powerplant on Russian medium-haul MC-21 aircraft,” the Commission says.

“Introduction of the proposed measure of customs and tariff regulation will increase the economic efficiency of the project to create the family of MC-21 aircraft.”

Interested parties are being invited to comment on the proposal to the Commission’s department of customs regulation by 5 October.