IRKUT put out some news today about their MC-21 program. The news is that a meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Yuri Slyusar, Director of Aviation industry Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Andrey Boginsky, President of JSC IRKUT Corporation Oleg Demchenko and General Director of the IAP Alexander Veprev. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss “issues concerning the preparations for serial production of MC-21 commercial airliner”. According to IRKUT, in 2013 design project documentation was handed to the IAP. The first eight stations of the automated final assembly line for MC-21 aircraft are being mounted and will be put into operation in the first half of 2014. All 60 stations of the automated final assembly line, developed by Dürr Systems GmbH (Germany), are planned for operations in 2015. The terms of operation of the assembly line are agreed with the MC-21 program schedule.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Yuri Slyusar said, by the end of 2015 the first MC-21 aircraft intended for flight tests will be assembled on the new line. “It will be 180-seat MC-21-300 basic model of the MC-21 family which primarily will go into production”.
Currently IRKUT has 175 firm orders for the aircraft. The 2014 Russian Federal budget provides ~17 billion rubles for the program. It was noted that for the program funding the investment credit line is provided by Sberbank. IRKUT plans on building seven MC-21s per month when in production.