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CRAIC C929 / CR929

Widebody Passenger Airliner

CRAIC C929 / CR929

Widebody Passenger Airliner

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



A Chinese-Russian joint venture is set to produce a new widebody market challenger in the CRAIC C929 passenger hauler.
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ORIGIN: China
YEAR: 2025
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation (CRAIC) - China / Russia
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: China (probable); Russia (possible)
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the CRAIC C929 / CR929 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 196.85 feet (60 meters)
WIDTH: 198.49 feet (60.5 meters)
HEIGHT: 55.77 feet (17 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 264,555 pounds (120,000 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 540,133 pounds (245,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Rolls-Royce OR General Electric turbofans of 71,250lb to 78,000lb thrust output each.
SPEED (MAX): 569 miles-per-hour (915 kilometers-per-hour; 494 knots)
RANGE: 7,500 miles (12,070 kilometers; 6,517 nautical miles)
CEILING: 41,010 feet (12,500 meters; 7.77 miles)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• C929 - Proposed Base Series Designation.
• CR929 - Alternative designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the CRAIC C929 / CR929 Widebody Passenger Airliner.  Entry last updated on 6/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
A new Chinese-Russian joint partnership launched in May of 2017 sees COMAC of China and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) of Russia attempting to bring to market an all-new cost-efficient widebody passenger airliner. This product is set to compete directly with the likes of the Boeing 777/787 models as well as the French Airbus A330/A340/A380 series. The teams will operate under the "China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation" product banner - abbreviated as "CRAIC" - with headquarters based in Shanghai, China (though engineering will take place in Moscow, Russia).

The product is tentatively designated "C929".

There will be three variants of the base design drawn up: the short-ranged form will seat 230 persons and the intermediate-range variant will shuttle approximately 280 persons (with Economy-class seating set as nine across). The long-range model will house up to 320 passengers. It is expected that the general range of the intermediate aircraft design will reach up to 7,500 miles with power (rather interestingly) to come from a foreign engine brand (British Rolls-Royce or American General Electric being named so far). The primary goal of the project is to advance operating cost efficiency for carriers so, to aid this, a wing mainplane primarily constructed out of advanced composites is said to be in play and up to half of the fuselage will feature the technology with extensive lines integrated to provide the necessary electric service to the various planned components.

The initial design phase is set to run from 2017 until the conclusion of 2018 at which point certification will be sought the following year. A first-flight is tentatively scheduled for 2024 and first-delivery will occur before the end of the next decade. The joint partnership hopes to see the launch of the new line sometime in the late-2020s.

Based on UAC company renderings, the C929 is expected to maintain a traditional design arrangement with a forward-set flight deck, tubular fuselage and single-finned tail unit. The engine pairing will be underslung at each wing (one engine per wing) and the wing mainplanes swept rearwards while capped by finely contoured winglets adding efficiency. Most of the proposed advances of the aircraft will take place internally.

Performance specifications presented on this page are, for the most part, estimated based on competing designs and will be adjusted as new information allows.




PROGRAM UPDATES

October 2017 - United Engine Corp of Russia and Aero Engine Corp of China have teamed up to devlier an all-new engine for the C929 widebody airliner.

May 2018 - Current design specifications of the C929 now see seating for nine abreast, requiring a wider fuselage (about 6 meters in width) which, in turn, now requires engines of greater thrust output (nearing 78,000lb to 80,000lb each unit).

June 2018 - The CR929 is tentatively scheduled for a first-flight in 2023.
MEDIA







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Rating: 12 (of 100)
The rating is an internal assessment derived from thirty factors pertaining to this entry.
Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (569mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Graph showcases the CRAIC CR929's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
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Unit Production Comparison
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.


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Supported Roles
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Interception
UAV
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CAS
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ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
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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