March 27, 2018, Shanghai (PRC) – CRAIC, the joint venture of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), has officially announced the commencement of Joint Concept Definition Phase (JCDP) within the program of CR929 aircraft development.
CRAIC General Manager Mr. Guo Bozhi emphasized that the formal commencement of JCDP is of great significance to promote the deep participation of potential suppliers in product definition, optimize airborne systems and aircraft technical concepts.
JCDP stage shall allow China and Russia joint team, together with key worldwide potential suppliers within JCDP phase of CR929 program, to perform a more thorough review of requirements to the main airborne systems: Propulsion System, Landing Gear, Environmental Control System, Avionics and others.
Chief CR929 Program Designer from Russian side Maxim Litvinov explained that this stage shall foresee more detailed analysis of technical aspect with regards to RFP Working Packages that are planned to be released by the end of 2018.
JCDP includes RFP stage during which airframer requests proposals from potential suppliers of the systems and equipments.
JCDP stage within CR929 Program doesn’t include interaction in relation to the power propulsion system. As for this system, RFPs to the potential suppliers of long range wide body aircraft program were sent in December 2017 and the answer to such requests is expected to be received by the end of this May.
Completion of RFP-related procedures within the Chinese-Russian long range wide body aircraft program is expected at the end of 2019.
21 December 2017 Board of Directors of CRAIC, the Chinese-Russian Joint Venture, acting as the Operator of CR 929, the Long-Range Wide-Body Aircraft program, approved the results of passed Gate 2. Key output at this stage is the engineering concept review.
On 6 June United Aircraft Corporation (PJSC UAC) and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) approved the general layout of CR929 long-range wide-body aircraft. The parties agreed as to the aircraft principal geometry – wing span and shape, fuselage length, fuselage nose and tail section dimensions, aircraft fins sizing and form, location of engines, landing gear and doors. The above is the result of efforts undertaken by JET-team, the joint Sino-Russian engineering team headed by CR929 chief designers Maxim Litvinov (representing the Russian side) and Chen Yingchun (representing the Chinese side).
On May, 30 China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Corporation (CRAIC) has received answers to previously distributed RFPs from 7 potential suppliers of Power Propulsion Systems (PPS) for long-range wide-body CR929 aircraft. These 7 potential PPS suppliers include companies from Russia, China, USA and Europe.