Russia’s Irkut orders 40 PW1400G engines for MС-21

MC-21 The engines for the MC-21 are to be supplied between 2021 and 2023 (Irkut)

Russian plane-maker Irkut Corporation has ordered 40 PW1400G engines (20 pairs of the powerplants) for its advanced MC-21 mid-haul aircraft from the USA’s United Technologies Corporation (UTC), according to Russian government procurement site data. The geared turbofan engines are the product of UTC’s daughter company Pratt & Whitney.

According to the purchasing data, the order is “governed by the terms of the contract” which was concluded between Irkut and UTC in 2012 – “as amended.” According to the amended contract, PW1400G is the only suitable foreign-made engine for the MC-21.

20 twin sets of the American-made engines are to be supplied between 2021 and 2023, 16 in 2021, 20 in 2022 and four in 2023 for the initial batch of series production MC-21s. They are intended for the aircraft that are to be transferred to Aeroflot (a total of 34 engines, with an April 2021 delivery date of the first set) and to Red Wings (six engines with an April 2022 delivery date for the first set). The maximum order price is set at US$250 million.

The aircraft manufacturer says that the MC-21-300 sales backlog currently stands at 175 firm orders – 10 to be delivered to IrAero Airlines and the remainder to state-run lease companies, with Avia Capital Services (Rostec’s subsidiary) due to receive 85 units (50 of which will be leased to Aeroflot); 50 to the Ilyushin Finance Co (16 are for Red Wings); and 50 to VEB Leasing.

Currently three MC-21-300 prototypes are being tested under the new type’s certification programme that is being carried out at the aerodrome of Gromov Flight Research Institute (Ramenskoye) at Zhukovsky. It is expected that the basic version of the Russian aircraft – powered by PW1400G engines – will obtain the certificate of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency in 2020. Serial production of the type is scheduled to start in 2021.

An MC-21-300 version powered by Russian-made United Engine Corporation (UEC) PD-14 engines, is currently being built at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, and Denis Manturov, Russia’s minister of industry and trade, stated that tests of the MC-21 with the PD-14 engines will start early next year.

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