Russia plans to begin manufacturing the first domestic medium-range passenger jet after U.S. sanctions delayed the project by as much as 18 months.

The MC-21 family, which includes two variants, is being developed by the same Rostec subsidiary that runs the Superjet program. The MC-21 is intended to compete with Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max with a maximum capacity of 211 passengers and a range of 3,240 nautical miles.

We had to create our own production and currently we have created the material and we have made up our own wing using our material,” said Rostec State Corp. Chief Executive Officer, Sergey Chemezov as reported on the sidelines of the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in the United Arab Emirates.

The MC-21, flew its maiden flight in December last year and is currently undergoing certification tests.

Rostec received approval for the serial production of Russian PD-14 Engines for the MC-21 earlier this month. The PD-14 is the first turbofan engine created in the Russian Federation. It has been reported its design was built upon time-tested design solutions using modern technologies and domestic materials. The operating costs of PD-14 are anticipated to be 14–17 percent lower than that of similar existing engines, and lifecycle costs will be 15–20 percent lower.

PD-14 has become the forefather of a whole family of domestic engines which integrate modern technologies and materials. The certificate allows to launch the serial production of these engines. In 2021, we plan to produce several new PD-14s, which will be used as a reserve during flight tests of the new MC-21-310 airliner,” said the Aviation Cluster Industrial Director of Rostec Anatoly Serdyukov.

The state-owned conglomerate, whose business includes weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov as well as United Aircraft Corporation and Russian Helicopters, is pushing ahead with a diversification plan to increase its share of civil production from 33% currently to 50% by 2030, Chemezov said.

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