United Engine Corporation (UEC, part of Rostec State Corporation) has already manufactured 7 test PD-14 engines for Russian MS-21 airliner; four more ones will be manufactured this year, RIA Novosti reports with reference to UEC CEO Vladislav Masalov.
“7 engines have been manufactured so far; they are undergoing tests. In the first half of 2015 the engine will start flying on Il-76LL flying testbed and the tests on high-altitude test bench of the CIAM (Central Institute Of Aviation Motors) will be started. In 2015 four more test engines will be assembled,” Masalov said at Aero India-2015 airshow held in Bangalor.
He noted that the testing of the engine’s components is being carried out in parallel.
MS-21 airliner developed by Irkut Corporation will be operated in Russia and other countries. Maiden flight of MS-21 jet powered by PD-14 engine is scheduled for 2015. MS-21 Family aircraft seating from 130 to 211 passengers are going to enter the most popular market segment, which is at present occupied by foreign analogues.