The technical board composed of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, Boeing and associate member Snecma officially launched the Russian Regional Jet program last month following the completion of a full review of the project’s fourth development phase. The decision arose from meetings between Sukhoi and Boeing executives, who discussed details related to marketing and sales, design and development, production, certification and customer support issues.
“This milestone is the most significant for us as now we are launching the program [and] initiating production of RRJs for static and flight trials,” said Sukhoi Holding CEO Mikhail Pogosyan. “I’m sure the RRJ program has the chance to become a breakthrough in the Russian aerospace industry.”
The full launch marks the starting point for production of the airplanes at Russia’s Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Novosibirsk, Siberia production plants. Sukhoi expects to fly the RRJ in 2006 and gain CIS certification in 2007. Launch customer Sibir, which signed a letter of intent for 50 during July’s Farnborough Air Show, maintains its primary hub at Tolmachevo Airport in Novosibirsk, minutes from where NAPO builds Su-24 and Su-27IB tactical bombers.