Russian manufacturer Aviastar is preparing to send its first Irkut MC-21 horizontal stabiliser to Moscow for initial static tests.

The composite inner structure has been produced at the company’s Ulyanovsk plant.

It will be sent to the Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute for tests before returning to Ulyanovsk for leading-edge fitting.

Aviastar components and assemblies head Mikhail Chuvashlov says the stabiliser will then undergo bird-strike testing.

The plant is also in the final stages of assembling the auxiliary power unit compartment for the first MC-21 prototype.

Once systems are installed it will be transferred to the Irkut assembly facility.

Aviastar is producing a number of structures for the 150- to 211-seat MC-21 including fuselage panels, empennage assemblies, and passenger door sections.

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