MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) — Russia and China may invest $13 billion into a joint long-range passenger aircraft project, the president of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) told journalists Thursday.
Details of the cooperation are in the works, however Slusar speculated that Russia may take on the manufacture of the airliner's composite wing, while China may build its fuselage. The engine, he said, could be left to an outside manufacturer since Russia has no production plans for engines of this kind.
Slusar said the plane will undergo its first test flight in 2021 and is expected to go into production in 2025.
Deals for a wide-body passenger aircraft and modern transport helicopter were inked by Moscow and Beijing on June 6, 2014.