Russia and United Arab Emirates to jointly develop a supersonic aircraft.
Image Credit: Caspiannews
Russia and United Arab Emirates announced that they will jointly develop a new supersonic passenger aircraft. Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and Emirati state-owned Mubadala Investment Company PJSC agreed to start this new joint venture for the construction of third of its kind passenger aircraft.
Back in 1968 Soviet Union launched the Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic passenger plane, a year before the Concorde first launch. Safety and high costs forced Soviet Union to retire the plane after just 102 flights. France and UK’s joint development of concorde made its first flight in 1976, a supersonic passenger aircraft. Unfortunately, in 2003 it was retired due to low passenger numbers, rising maintenance costs and a number of serious accidents.
The Russian-UAE supersonic passenger plane will transport passengers at a speed of between Mach 1.5 and 1.8. The plane will be released in two versions, one having only eight passenger seats, and another with 30 passenger seats. By late 2021, or early 2022, an initial design of the plane will be presented. First time delivery could take place in 2027 according to Trade Minister Denis Manturov. He also said that the project received a $100 million investment back in 2019.