India and Russia has started work on the Multirole Transport Aircraft(MTA) at Russia.
A group of engineers from HAL Corporation (India) has arrived in Moscow to join the MTA collaboration.
31 engineer from India started work on last tuesday at JSC “UAC-Transport Aircraft” premises in Moscow, according to the preliminary design contract that was signed on October 12, 2012 by JSC “UAC-Transport Aircraft”, Indian Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and joint Russian-Indian enterprise Multirole Transport Aircraft Ltd (MTAL). The experts will stay in Moscow for 10 months.
The framework agreement for the creation of the MTA was signed in September 2010.
MTA is expected to perform its maiden flight in 2017 and serial production is planned to be launched in 2019.
MTA performance should reach the following targets: capacity 15-20 tons, cruise speed 800 km/h, maximum flying distance 2500-2700 km.
The two engine aircraft will be equipped with modern control systems. It is envisioned that MTA will be able to perform short take-offs and landing.
Russian group of engineers participating in the project mainly consists of Ilyushin experts.