The image of the airplane ShFDMS (CR929) as a refueling aircraft of the PLA Air Force (c) the Chinese Internet
Recall that the development of the aircraft SHFDMS (CR929) is carried out by PJSC United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) in conjunction with the Chinese Corporation of Civil Aviation (COMAC). The memorandum on the joint creation of the ShKFMS was signed by the Russian and Chinese sides in April 2014. Documents on the program for the creation of a new wide-body long-haul passenger airplane were signed on June 25, 2016 as part of the official visit of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to China, including an agreement on the establishment on a partite basis of a joint venture necessary to implement the program, which is registered at the headquarters SOMAS in Pudong in Shanghai.
In September 2017, United Engine-Building Corporation JSC (part of Rostekh State Corporation) signed with AECC Commercial Aircraft Engine Co., Ltd. of China. (AECC CAE) memorandum of cooperation on the development of an engine for the aircraft SHFDMS (CR929) - presumably, based on the developed Russian engine PD-35 in the traction class of 35 tons.
The first flight of the prototype SHFDMS (CR929) is now scheduled for 2023, the beginning of deliveries - in 2026. The aircraft should be designed in three versions, the base of which will have a capacity of 280 passengers.
On the bmpd side, we note that if the SHDM (CR929) program is successfully implemented, the wide-body aircraft created within it will undoubtedly represent a great interest for the Russian Armed Forces as a large long-range aviation platform, since the piece production of any versions of the IL-96 aircraft is unlikely to last even more than a decade, and the program for the creation of an IL-96-400TZ refueling aircraft for the Russian military aviation space actually ended in failure.