Sanctions Threaten U.S. Part in Sukhoi RJ

 - November 13, 2006, 11:53 AM

Responding to queries from AIN about U.S. sanctions recently imposed on Russia’s Sukhoi and state agency Rosboronexport for their alleged dealings with Iran, Boeing issued a statement today that tentatively expressed optimism that the move will not affect its consultancy contract with Sukhoi relating to the Superjet 100 (née Russian Regional Jet) program. “Our assessment of the U.S. government sanctions continues,” it said. “However, based on our initial review, we do not believe the sanctions will affect our commercial relationships with Russian suppliers of titanium, or our work with Sukhoi on the Superjet 100 program.” The State Department notice suspends all export licenses controlled under the Export Administration Act of 1979 or the Export Administration Regulations for at least two years. At press time, Sukhoi and U.S.-based Superjet suppliers Parker, Goodrich, Honeywell and B/E Aerospace had yet to respond to AIN’s requests for comment.