Russia’s great hope for the revival of its civil aircraft industry, the MS-21, faces an important trial next month as designers prepare to move to the next stage of the development program. The 150-210-seat, three-model MS-21 family is being developed by Irkut under the umbrella of United Aircraft Corp. (UAC). Development is expected to cost 190 billion rubles ($6.3 billion) through 2016 when it is due to enter service; 40% is being funded by the Russian federal budget, with the ...

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