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Second MC-21 to fly around end-February: Rogozin

Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin expects the second Irkut MC-21-300 test aircraft to fly in late February or early March.

Rogozin, who is in charge of the country's defence industry, says the initial test airframe has completed a total of 33 test flights.

Irkut is progressing with assembly of several examples of the twinjet for the flight-test campaign. The first aircraft had been undertaking tests at the Gromov institute near Moscow.

Rogozin says the manufacturer is aiming to commence serial production of the MC-21, which is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engines, in 2019.

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