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Russia to test new domestically designed flight engine

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 10:44

Moscow: The first in-flight tests of Russia`s domestically designed PD-14 engine for MS-21 passenger planes are scheduled for 2014, an official said.

The fifth-generation PD-14 engine is Russia`s first domestic development in the area of civilian engine-building for the last 25 years.

Russia has invested 70 billion rubles (over $2 billion) in the development of the engine.

"At present, the engine is being prepared for tests on an Il-76-based airborne testing lab, scheduled to take place in 2014," said Anastasia Denisova, spokesperson for the United Engine-Building Corporation (UEC).

The engine is expected to be certified in 2015 and go into production in 2016.

The PD-14 has been developed by Russia`s Aviadvigatel company to become one of the alternative power plants for the new family of MS-21 twin-jet passenger aircraft with seating capacities of 150-215.

MS-21 aircraft are to replace all models of Tu-154B and Tu-154M aircraft as well as Yak-42 in Russia.

The deliveries of MS-21 will start in 2017 and the initial production models will feature Pratt and Whitney PW1400G engines.

First Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 10:43
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