Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told the state news agency TASS that despite sanctions and competition, progress was being made on the MC-21 and SSJ programs for the new aircraft (with Russian components) and currently expected Certification will be completed by the end of 2023.
On Friday (3), the Deputy Prime Minister held a meeting in Irkutsk. The meeting focused on accelerating the implementation of new MC-21 and SSJ projects, preparing for mass production, the issue of import substitution for major systems, and proposals for methods to solve these problems and reduce Possibility of project implementation time, etc.
“Despite sanctions and unfair competition, the MC-21 and Sukhoi superjet program continues to move forward. It is planned to complete the certification of the domestic MS-21 engine and the new Sukhoi superjet by the end of 2023, replace the 38 systems and components imported from Russia,” Borisov said at the meeting.
MC-21 (called by Russians the “Main Aircraft of the 21st Century”, hence its name) is a Russian project of a family of narrow-body aircraft for short- and medium-haul passenger jets. It is the second large-scale Russian project in the field of civil aviation after the Superjet 100.
Unlike the Superjet, designed for the regional aircraft niche (flight range of 3,000 km), the MC-21 is designed for flights over distances of around 6,000 km and is being created as a replacement for the Tu-154 and Tu-154. 204/214, and also as an alternative to foreign aircraft Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.