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Developing engine for Sino-Russian airliner: Deputy PM Rogozin
June 21, 2016, 5:20 am

File photo of  the C919, China's first homemade large passenger aircraft, at a plant of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), in Shanghai, east China in November 2015 [Xinhua]

File photo of the C919, China’s first homemade large passenger aircraft, at a plant of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), in Shanghai, east China in November 2015 [Xinhua]

Moscow claims it has informed China about commencement of work on developing a heavy aircraft engine with a thrust of 35 tons for a joint Sino-Russian long-range wide-body aircraft.

In early 2015, Russian media reports said Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) began preliminary design of the proposed joint 250-280-seat wide-body airliner.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters on Monday China and Russia are moving toward joint development of a new jumbo jet that could potentially rival the Airbus and Boeing.

“We’ve informed the Chinese side about the beginning of work on Russia’s heavy-lift aircraft engine in the thrust segment of up to 35 tons. The decision was made by the Russian president in May, with all the necessary funds allocated”, Rogozin said after the meeting of the Russian-Chinese intergovernmental commission.

“Neither the Soviet Union nor Russia have ever developed such a powerful engine. They are manufactured only by General Electric and Rolls-Royce,” said Rogozin, adding “now this kind of engine will also be developed for the Russian-Chinese joint project.”

The memorandum on the creation of a new airliner was signed in 2014 during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China. It is part of a $13 billion aviation cooperation deal.

A specially-created engineering center in Russia will undertake technical and electronics production while the construction of fuselage and the assembly of the airplanes will take place in China, Rogozin said.

In November, China also held talks with Russian state-owned aircraft engine manufacturer United Engine Corp on the possible joint development and production of military engines at the same time it signed a deal to buy 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, one of Moscow’s most advanced warplanes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin begins a crucial China trip on June 25.

 

TBP and Agencies

One Response to Developing engine for Sino-Russian airliner: Deputy PM Rogozin

  1. sixpack Reply

    June 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    If they can build a plane that the CIA can’t smuggle a bomb onto, or blow up mid-flight, the whole world would want them…

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