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Irkut MC-21 (MS-21)

Narrowbody Passenger Airliner

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HISTORY
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Overview



As of the end of 2013, procurement orders for the Irkut MC-21 narrow-body airliner stood at nearly 260 examples.
History



Detailing the development and operational history of the Irkut MC-21 (MS-21) Narrowbody Passenger Airliner.  Entry last updated on 4/11/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Wind tunnel testing of the MC-21 design was held in late 2015 though delays with the composite wing has, in turn, delayed the MC-21 program as a whole by several months meaning that a rollout is not expected until mid-2016. A first flight is, therefore, scheduled for late-2016. An MC-21 specimen is undergoing final assembly at Irkutsk as of this writing (February 2016).

Russian carrier Aeroflot has signed on for 50 aircraft while Irkut claims total received orders from various carriers (mainly Russian) to be around 276 (175 of this total considered "firm" orders).

The initial commercial model is expected to become the 160-to-210-seat MC-21-300ER form with certification planned for sometime in 2017 or 2018 (2018 being more likely). The other versions to come include the MC-21-200ER, a dimensionally smaller variant with seating up to 175 passengers, and the MC-21-400ER.

The MC-21 program was originally known under the "MS-21" designator.




Program Updates

June 2016 - On June 8th, 2016 the first MC-21 prototype was debuted to the public by way of ceremony handled by UAC.

March 2017 - It has been announced that the MC-21 will require strengthened wings after testing revealed weakness in the members over time.

April 2017 - The MC-21 is expecting its first-flight sometime in 2017.

May 2017 - The MC-21, in prototype form, has officially recorded its first flight with PW1400G-JM engines, this coming on May 28th, 2017. Certification is planned for the proposed Aviadvigatel PD-14 turbofans for sometime 2018. One-hundred seventy-five aircraft are contracted for as of this writing.

January 2018 - Aeroflot is confirmed as a customer of the MC-21 with an order for fifty aircraft in the MC-21-300 production guise. Deliveries are expected between 2020 and 2026.

May 2018 - A second flyable prototype has joined the test program of the MC-21-300 narrowbody airliner series. Its first flight was recorded on May 12th, 2018.

July 2018 - Russian regulators have been working with European regulators on systems certification for the MC-21 platform.

February 2019 - A fifth prototype for the MC-21 project is expected before the end of 2019.

March 2019 - Engineers has been testing an all-new wing mainplane design for use in the MC-21 airliner series. The wings are a product of AeroComposite.




Specifications

YEAR: 2021
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) / Irkut - Russia
PRODUCTION: 1
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 118.11 ft (36 m)
WIDTH: 118.11 ft (36 m)
HEIGHT: 37.73 ft (11.5 m)
MTOW: 149,032 lb (67,600 kg)
POWER: 2 x Aviadvigatel PD-14A OR Pratt & Whitney PW1400G turbofan engines developing 27,500 lb of thrust each.
RANGE: 3,107 miles (5,000 km; 2,700 nm)
OPERATORS: Russia (planned)
Armament



None.
Variants / Models



• MC-21 - Base Series Designation
• MC-21-200ER - Seating for 130 to 175 passengers
• MC-21-300ER - Seating for 160 to 210 passengers
• MC-21-400ER
• MS-21 - Original product designation






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Unit Production (1)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
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SPECOPS
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.




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