The first MS-21 will perform its maiden flight in the second quarter of 2016 in Irkutsk, Dmitry Rogozin said. Deputy Chairman of the Russian government visited Irkutsk Aviation Plant and held a meeting dedicated to the status of MS-21 project. The governor of Irkutsk Region Sergey Eroshenko, president of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yuri Slusar and president of Irkut Corporation Oleg Demchenko took part in the meeting, IA IrkutskMedia reports with reference to the press-service of Irkutsk Region’s government.
“MS-21 is the top-priority project in the civil aviation segment. It is considered as a powerhouse in terms of development of cutting-edge technologies in the area of aerodynamics, engines, avionics, etc. Moreover, after the start of its mass production we are going to keep developing our aircraft industry in order to meet the needs of civil aviation in the area of short-, medium- and possibly long-haul aircraft. It is very important to develop engine building industry, because our aircraft must be powered by indigenous engines,” Dmitry Rogozin noted.
During the visit Irkutsk Aviation Plant demonstrated the most important stages of assembly of the latest short- and medium-haul aircraft – MS-21. Dmitry Rogozin confirmed that the program is on schedule and said that the first aircraft will be ready in the second quarter of 2016.