- The project is expected to be completed by 2025.
- Russian engineers increased the power supply voltage in order to reduce the weight of the cable network.
- There could be safety risks on this future jet.
Russia and China are working on the conjoined CR929 jet project. This is the first Eurasian project of such kind. However, what is surprising is that Russia is willing to share technology with China at all. China has been caught stealing classified information, trade secrets, and continuously violating copyright and patent laws.
Russia has already had a failure with the Superjet. Russia and China plan to compete with the Boeing 787. In reality, it seems both nations are grandstanding on the world arena. Nevertheless, the project is expected to be completed by 2025.
The next generation plane is Russian head designer, Maxim LItvinov. The CR929 will be able to accommodate up to 280 passengers, and the flight range will be up to 7,456 miles. Currently, the corporations that produce similar size planes are Boeing, Airbus, and Lockheed Martin.
The Soviet engineers were planning to compete in that space, but Mikhail Gorbachev’s “Perestroika” in the 1980s, and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 halted the project.
According to the open source information, Russia is responsible for the center section, full mechanization of the wings, and the engine mounting. China will design and manufacture the horizontal and vertical tail, nose cone, and the fuselage. However, who would trust Chinese-made airplanes or designs? The engine design winners are GE and Rolls Royce.
The CR929 will be built with the composites in order to reduce the weight of an empty equipped aircraft. The CR929 embodies a number of other technological solutions that will significantly improve the performance of the aircraft and make it attractive in the market.
“First of all, we need to talk about aerodynamics,” explains Maxim Litvinov. “The wing that we are designing will have a large elongation, we also use sharklet type wingtips. Our wing is characterized by a serious spatial deformation: we will use a new generation of supercritical profiles in it. A number of innovations in the field of local aerodynamics are expected.”
Furthermore, Russian engineers increased the power supply voltage in order to reduce the weight of the cable network. However, this could be dangerous and can contribute to potential issues in the future.
The Russian and Chinese ambitions could potentially cut corners when it comes to safety. Russia’s grandstanding with Superjet caused the loss of many lives already. Engineers are also contemplating with a purely electric air conditioning system, stated Litvinov.
China plans to cut costs by working on reducing the weight of the aircraft and impending Thea new electronic monitoring system of the plane maintenance needs. China cutting costs usually means the use of the toxic materials, and with Russia, it includes safety failures.
The first trials of the new jet are scheduled for 2023. After the trials, the jet expected to be mass produced in 2024.
Overall, there are too many concerns with such a project. The safety risks, and China and Russia’s history, makes this plane a non-competitor to Boeing. The highlighted features seem already have a label, “buyer beware.”