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IRKUTSK, July 6. /TASS/. Russia’s newest MS-21 short- and medium-haul passenger plane, developed jointly by the Yakovlev design bureau and the Irkut aviation corporation, will be showcased at the MAKS-2015 air show near Moscow next month, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.
"We will show the plane for the first time at the MAKS air show in Zhukovsky in August," Rogozin said following talks with Chinese Vice Premier of the State Council Wang Yang.
"It will not be taking flights at the MAKS yet, because it has no filling, but has the hull, part of the avionics and on-board systems," Rogozin said. "But it has no engines yet. Nevertheless, one will be able to touch it already."
The Irkut MS-21 is a series of twin-engine short-range and mid-range Russian jet airliners set to replace Soviet Tu-134 and Tu-154 aircraft and its Western analogues. The first MS-21 plane is planned to take off in 2016. Serial production of airliners is planned to start after 2020.