Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) yesterday spelled out its vision for joining Boeing and Airbus as one of the world’s top three major global aerospace players. Company president Mikhail Pogosyan presented a strategic roadmap to the year 2025 here at Le Bourget, posting three major milestones for the company.
According to the plan, from 2011 to 2013 the company will continue on its growth platform, during which it structures the entire business into what Pogosyan called a functional unit. From 2014 through 2018, the company plans an innovation leap, during which it expects to embark on a number of technical advances meant to introduce it to markets in which it doesn’t now command a presence. In 2019 it would enter a period of slower, stable growth until it reaches its desired status as one of the world’s three aerospace industry leaders.
UAC plans to form a new corporate structure before 2018, dividing itself into UAC Defense, UAC Commercial Aviation, UAC Transport Aviation and UAC Special Aviation. As part of the plan, it would establish so-called multi-program competence centers, namely a composite-wing center, a high-lift devices and empennage production center and wing lift-devices production center, all in Ulyanovsk. It also plans a wing-assembly center in Kazan and an avionics-integration center at an unidentified location.
Pogosyan said that within two years, UAC could introduce another new commercial project to take the company beyond the regional jet and narrowbody sectors.
“Our two top priorities for today are the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the MC-21 project in the seating capacity beginning at 130 seats and up to 180 seats,” he said. “Then maybe we’ll move further and we’ll look into this perspective, and maybe in a year-and-a-half or two we will be able to make further announcements on the launch of future projects.”