Moscow - The Sukhoi Superjet can soon be equipped with a western engine, Pratt & Whitney PW1200G.

The PW1200G engine is known for equipping Mitsubishi MRJ, a Japanese-made regional jet. The engine generates about 17,000 lbs power, close to the 18,000 lbs of the Russian-made PowerJet SaM146 engine that is currently powering Sukhoi SSJ100s.

Sukhoi also plans to offer SSJ100 with the Aviadvigatel PD-14 engine, which powers the MC-21, an engine aligned with next-generation technologies.

The new engine choices is a way for Sukhoi to compete with the new Embraer, Bombardier, and Mitsubishi jets. For this reason,
the company also confirmed that it expects to release a 75-seat version after an order commitment from an undisclosed client for 100 aircraft with this configuration.

Sukhoi will have to shorten the aircraft's fuselage to reduce the number of seats, in addition to reducing the size of the wings for the new configuration.

The cockpit will also be upgraded with the MC-21's avionics to standardize operating procedures among Russian aircraft.

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