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The fuselage of MC-21-300 aircraft delivered to Zhukovsky

The fuselage of the MC-21-300 aircraft, designed for endurance tests, was delivered to the Ramenskoye airfield (the city of Zhukovsky) from the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of Irkut Corporation (part of the UAC). Specialists of the Corporation together with employees of enterprises participating in cooperation and TsAGI staff will assemble the MC-21-300 airframe and install the...

MC-21 certification postponed again

Certification of the MC-21, Russia’s advanced narrow-body aircraft project, has been postponed again, with the debut of the first variant of the airliner, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1400G engines, now scheduled for 2020, says Alexander Rubtsov, president of manufacturer Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company (SCAC), in an interview published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the Russian government’s...

The Next Evolution: Unique Method to Reduce Aircraft Weight Developed at NUST MISIS

The use of bionic design and additive technologies can reduce aircraft weight by almost a ton Russian scientists and engineers from NUST MISIS have managed to find a way to reduce the weight of aircraft engine parts by 20%. According to experts, this weight reduction is fundamental for the aircraft, becoming a ton lighter. This weight reduction was made possible with the introduction...

First Ilyushin IL-96-400M assembly kicks off

Assembly of the first four-engine Ilyushin IL-96-400M wide-body passenger aircraft has begun at the Voronezh Aviation Plant (VASO) in southwest Russia.  Earlier in November, the factory reported it was taking delivery of some structural components and was starting subassembly of the new version’s wing and fuselage. The design documentation for the complete aircraft is currently also...

Russia considers developing a 40-seat turboprop based on the Let L-610 design

In the small 30 to 60-seat turboprop market – and in direct competition with local project the modernised Ilyushin IL-114 – Russia is considering the development of a 40-seat regional turboprop aircraft based on the 30-year old Let L-610, a prototype aircraft originally developed by the Czech civil aircraft manufacturer Let Kunovice. The state is considering replacing the obsolete S...

Russian Helicopters presents Mi-171A2 and Ansat in Cambodia

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented its Mi-171A2 and Ansat civil helicopters in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) during the South Asian Heli Tour. The delegation of the Russian Helicopters Holding Company demonstrated key competitive advantages of Mi-171A2 and Ansat rotorcraft and provided information to the guests of the event about the after-sales service...

Marks 30 years since the launch of the Buran spacecraft

30 years ago at November 15, 1988 was made his triumphant unmanned flight Soviet reusable space shuttle - Buran spacecraft. He twice flew around the Earth and made the first ever automatic landing of a winged spacecraft on the landing complex of the Baikonur cosmodrome. The launch of Buran occurred at 03:00:02 UTC on 15 November 1988 from Baikonur Cosmodrome launch...

Russia and Kazakhstan plan joint venture to produce the Il-103 light multipurpose aircraft

Russia and Kazakhstan plan to set up a joint venture to produce the Il-103 light multipurpose aircraft, Chief Executive Officer of IL Alexei Rogozin told reporters on Friday. "The joint venture is planned to be organized in 2019 and first serial products are scheduled for supply in 2022," the top manager said. An agreement of intent for an international cooperation project was sign...

Russian Helicopters successfully tests Ansat equipped with Emergency Floatation System

Specialists at Kazan Helicopters of the holding company Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) have completed testing of an Ansat helicopter equipped with an Emergency Floatation System (EFS). It is designed for emergency water landings and is used to save the lives of crew and passengers. The EFS is currently in the certification phase. When the work is complete, the Federal...

Mi-171A2 and Ansat to take part in Airshow China and go on a demo tour of countries in Southeast Asia

The holding company Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) will for the first time be presenting full-scale equipment samples at the exhibition in Asia - the Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters will be participating in the Airshow China 2018 flight program. Following the airshow, the helicopters will go on a demonstration tour of countries in Southeast Asia. The Mi-171A2 and Ansat mo...

80 years since female crew honored for record nonstop cross-country mission

Eighty years ago, on November 2, 1938 the Soviet Union’s Central Executive Committee (abbreviated as TsIK in Russian - the country’s supreme legislative and governing body at that time) for the first time awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union to three women nominees. The country’s highest decoration went to air pilots Valentina Grizodubova, 27, the commander of the An...

Russia’s low-cost Pobeda to receive 20 Boeing 737MAXs within three years

Pobeda Airlines, Russia’s only low-cost carrier, and which is part of Aeroflot Group, has placed an order for 20 Boeing 737MAX aircraft for a total value of up to US$1.5 billion. The new aircraft are expected to enter service between 2019 and 2022. Japan’s SMBC Aviation Capital is financing 15 and the remaining five will be delivered via the USA’s GE Capital Aviation Services....