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U.S. sanctions threaten Russian plans for passenger jet, Kommersant reports

Reuters  |  MOSCOW 

(Reuters) - U.S. sanctions have cut off imports of foreign components needed to produce Russia's first post-Soviet mainline commercial aircraft, threatening its production schedule, the newspaper reported on Thursday.

hopes the MS-21, a twin-engine, medium-range passenger plane, will give and a run for their money. Three prototypes have been built and the plane had been set to enter serial production in 2020.

But Kommersant, citing a and Russian aviation industry sources, said U.S. sanctions had cut off imports of components from the and that were needed to make the plane's wings and part of its tail fin.

The two manufacturers whose products had been affected were Connecticut-based of the and Japan's Toray Industries, the newspaper said.

did not make the necessary components and could not start doing so quickly, reported. Previous component deliveries meant only had enough material on hand to make the wings of six more aircraft, it said.

The MS-21's wings, which were to be made from composite materials rather than metal, had been designed to give the aircraft the edge in some respects over Western rivals, said.

Russia's confirmed on Thursday that U.S. sanctions had caused it problems. The company said it had taken measures to maintain wing production and had embarked upon "the step-by-step replacement of the necessary components" with Russian-made equivalents.

Russia's has agreed to lease 50 of the new planes and has said is in talks about buying the new aircraft.

(Reporting by Andrew Osborn, editing by Larry King)

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 15:14 IST