Russian airframer Irkut has rolled out the first MC-21 equipped with domestically-built Aviadvigatel PD-14 powerplants.

The variant, designated the MC-21-310, is the alternative to the -300 which features Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engines.

Irkut has yet to fix a date for the maiden flight of the -310 but says it has “completed construction” of the initial aircraft.

MC-21-310 with PD-14 engines-c-Irkut

Source: Irkut

Ground tests beckon for the initial MC-21-310

It formally transferred the twinjet from the assembly line to the flight-test division of the aviation plant at Irkutsk.

Irkut says the aircraft will undergo ground manoeuvring and engine tests in preparation for its first flight.

“The upcoming tests of the MC-21 with domestic engines are a landmark event for the industry,” says state technology firm Rostec’s industrial aviation director, Anatoly Serdyukov.


Source: Irkut

Development of the PD-14 is in line with Russia’s policy to stimulate its domestic industry

Four aircraft with PW1400G engines have been carrying out flight tests for the MC-21’s certification campaign.