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New Russian passenger jet MC-21 rolls out with PD-14 engines

The aircraft developed by Irkut was equipped only with the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G turbofan, but the Russian government encouraged the nationalization of its components

UAC, the holding company that controls the most important aeronautical manufacturers in Russia, announced on Tuesday that the MC-21 passenger jet had a new test aircraft equipped with PD-14 engines, produced by Aviadvigatel.

The aircraft has so far used PW1400G turbofans made in the USA by Pratt & Whitney, however, the Trump administration’s constant retaliation motivated Russia to implement a component nationalization program.

“Only a few countries in the world are capable of creating aviation equipment of this level. The upcoming tests of the MC-21 with domestic engines are a landmark event for the industry, a clear confirmation that the domestic civil aircraft industry has a future,” said Anatoly Serdyukov, industrial director of the Rostec aviation cluster, part of the UAC group.