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Russia's SSJ-75 aircraft will be designed by 2024 — Industry and Trade Ministry

Earlier on Thursday, the Kommersant newspaper reported that the United Aircraft Corporation was to shift the deadline of the project

MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. The SSJ-75 aircraft, which is a modification of the SSJ-100 aircraft with a bigger share of Russian components, will be designed by 2024, Oleg Bocharov, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister, told reporters.

Earlier on Thursday, the Kommersant newspaper reported that the United Aircraft Corporation was to shift the deadline of the project.

"What dates are being moved up? Who told you? Nobody postponed the dates. We have an instruction from the president about 2024," he said adding that 2024 is still the actual term.

According to Bocharov, the SSJ-75 project is an import substitution project of an airliner, not a project of a shortened liner with 75 seats. The basic version of the Sukhoj Super Jet aircraft has 98 seats.

Bocharov explained that the figure 75 does not mean the number of seats but just a conventional name for the plane. He also said that the design of the new airliner is an import substitution project.

"It is an import substitution project from the start," he said.

"It will be equipped with SaM-146 engine, which is localized, or with a new PD-8 engine. The SSJ-75 project is an import-substituted aircraft, but it is not 75 seats," Bocharov said.

According to him, simultaneously with the import substitution of components in the SSJ, other aircraft issues will also be resolved, which concern system reliability and airworthiness.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a modern fly-by-wire twin engine regional jet. The airliner was designed and spearheaded by Sukhoi, a division of the Russian civil aerospace company (UAC). Its maiden flight was conducted on 19 May 2008. Commercial passenger flights began in 2011. The flight range of the basic version is 4,400 km, capacity - 98 passengers.

Versions of SSJ-100 aircraft

In the early 2018, the then president of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, manufacturer of SSJ, Alexander Rubtsov, reported that the development of the SSJ-100R modification had begun. He also said that this project envisages an increase in the share of Russian components to 50-60%.

In April 2018, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Iranian airlines Iran Aseman and Iran Airtour signed agreements of intent on the supply of 40 Sukhoi SuperJet-100R aircraft.

Rubtsov said that the following Russian components will be installed on the aircraft: auxiliary power unit, inertial system, electrical system, hydraulics.

Otherwise, the Russian company will not be able to deliver aircraft to Iran without the permission of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury.

In late 2017, it became known that Sukhoi Civil Aircraft is developing a version of the shortened SSJ-100 aircraft with 75 seats. According to Rubtsov, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft planned to supply up to 40 SSJ-100 aircraft with 75 seats to the Defense Ministry and up to 10 such aircraft - to a special flight squadron starting from 2023.