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  • Stealth Spy
    Rank 6 Registered User
    • Jul 2005
    • 859

    Tupolev joins team creating Russia’s next generation jet, the MS-21

    Design bureau links with Ilyushin and Yakovlev to develop new airliner family

    Plans for the joint development of a new-generation Russian single-aisle airliner are gaining momentum following an agreement between Tupolev and its two rival design bureaux. If the plans are successful, the first of a three-model, 130- to 170-seat airliner family – dubbed the MS-21 – could enter service in 2012.

    Tupolev general designer and president Igor Shevchuk has signed an agreement with Ilyushin and Yakovlev over the joint development of the MS-21. The Russian federal agency for industry awarded Ilyushin and Yakovlev an initial contract for development of the MS-21 in June covering the cost of preliminary design, due to be completed by mid-2006, after which a decision will be made on whether to proceed to a critical design review, to be complete in 2008.

    The project team includes production plants Aviastar, NPK Irkut, Smolensk Aviation and VASO, as well as lessor Ilyushin-Finance and the National Reserve Bank. There are two potential powerplants being studied. ZMKB Progress, Motor-Sich, MMPP Salyut and UMPO are proposing the D-436TX geared fan and Perm Motor is proposing the PS-12 turbofan. Both promise 7-8% specific fuel consumption reduction compared with the CFM International CFM56-7.

    The MS-21 and the Sukhoi RRJ regional jet are the two projects being used to drive major technology breakthrough efforts to restore Russia’s position in the global commercial airliner market.

    MS-21 chief designer Andrei Matveyev estimates the airframe would cost around $1.3 billion to develop, with a further $300-500 million for the engine.

    Target price for the mid-sized MS-21-200 is $35 million, compared with $56 million for the similarly sized Boeing 737-700. Among the design targets are 15% better structural weight efficiency, 20% lower direct operating costs and 15% lower fuel consumption than that of the Airbus A320.

    Almost one-third of the MS-21 would be composite by weight at the time of its service entry, including the centre wing box. This ratio would increase to 40-45% by around 2015 when a composite wing structure is adopted.

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  • Trident
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2004
    • 3959

    Sounds good, the Tu-204 fuselage should provide a good base to build on.


    • fightingirish
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • May 2004
      • 1181

      Should this thread be moved over to the Commercial Aviation forum?
      There is no info, that the MS-21 is a military project.
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      • bring_it_on
        2005-year of the RAPTOR!!
        • Jun 2004
        • 12479

        exactly..i hope this aircraft is a success and gives the big-2 AB a run and demands in the reduction of price of 737NM/A320....however around 2015 boeing should be working on a 737 replacement so its timing might not be so good...
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        • Stealth Spy
          Rank 6 Registered User
          • Jul 2005
          • 859

          Russia offers China advanced aircraft project

          DALIANG (China) - Ilyushin and Tupolev corporations invited China to join a series of projects to develop state-of-the-arts avionics and aircraft, Vladimir Belyakov, Ilyushin deputy director general, said at the Forum of Russian-Chinese Interregional Cooperation in Daliang on Saturday.

          "In particular, work is in progress on the MS-21, a medium-haul jet that is expected to be 20% to 25% more efficient than Boeing or Airbus aircraft," Belyakov said.

          These airplanes should replace the Russian-made Tu-154s, more than 600 of which are currently in service. Furthermore, the PRC could buy about 400 such aircraft.

          "If everything goes according to plan, first new airplanes will take to the skies some time in 2012," Belyakov said.

          Russia is offering the project on a shared financial risk basis, with the aircraft to be manufactured in China. "Neither Boeing nor Airbus has offered the PRC such terms," Belyakov added.

          In early September, China signed a contract to buy a large number of Il-76 transport airplanes for the People's Army of China.


          • tenthije
            Harrie Spotter
            • Jan 2000
            • 5102

            Any relation to the MC-21, or are both the same (Russian translates very hard). If so then this project has been going on for quite a while already, although until now without Tupolev.

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            • murph
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jan 2005
              • 552

              Would the Russian's not be better off with looking at Western alternatives for their powerplants. Whilst more expensive they may prove more attractive to the fringe countries around Russia, and many Russian airlines who are already buying up Western aircraft anyway!


              • Schorsch
                Severely Transonic
                • Aug 2005
                • 3843

                Although I wish good luck for the Russians I have a strong disbelieve that this project will yield the promised results. Despite the fact that delivering a single-aisle replacement with 20% less costs (the used word 'efficient' is very unspecific and can mean everything) is very bold I think the Russian manufacturers have not the infrastructure for it.

                We have seen many projects in Russia. The problems in my opinion are:
                - finance (1.3 billion $ is a lot of money)
                - marketing
                - after-sales-support / MRO infrastructure
                - no experience in civil aircraft design since the Tu-204
                - no industrial basis for production
                - reduced power on the market against big players like Boeing and Airbus
                - no traditional customers

                Bulding a main-line engine that is more efficient and building an airframe that is better without any financial basis ... I think the managers in Russia should get more serious.
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