United Aircraft Corporation has completed the preliminary design stage of a new Russian aircraft MS-21, who four years later to replace the Tu-154, said Monday the company head Mikhail Pogosyan.
"In 2013, we need to complete the transfer of the design documentation in production and has already started to manufacture the first prototype aircraft for flight tests. We have completed the bulk of the negotiations with our suppliers and at the end of the year signed a contract with the suppliers of power plants (United Engine Corporation Pratt &Whitney). This is the main suppliers of the aircraft, among which are the major integrators such as "Zodiac», Thales, Sollins, "- he said, according to ITAR-TASS.
MS — Project short-medium-haul passenger aircraft, which must by 2017 to replace the Tu-154 and Tu-204 on the Russian market for passenger aircraft, and to enter the international market. MS-21 are designed for the carriage of passengers, baggage and cargo on domestic and international routes.
Program to create a family of MS-21 — a project of the United Aircraft Corporation, a prime contractor that is a corporation "Irkut". The program is included in the federal target program "Development of Russian civil aviation for 2002-2010 and for the period up to 2015." The family includes two aircraft MS-21-200 (150 seats), MS-21-300 (181 seats) in the base two-class layout.
This year, the program of creating aircraft of the MS-21 from the federal budget will be allocated 12 billion 400 million rubles.