Irkut completes fourth MC-21 flight test aircraft


Russian aircraft-maker Irkut has completed its fourth MC-21-300 test aircraft and handed it over for flight testing.

The transfer to flight testing was completed at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant in Siberia after systems diagnostics testing was completed. Three MC-21 test aircraft are undergoing flight testing, while two are being used in ground testing .

On November 28, the new aircraft was transferred from final assembly shop to the plant’s flight-test division.

The MC-21-300 first flew in May 2017 and is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1400G or Aviadvigatel PD-14 turbofans. The standard MC-21-300 has a capacity of  up to 211 passengers and a range up to 6,000–6,400 km (3,200–3,500 nmi). It will be followed by a shortened MC-21-200 version.

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