Russia’s General Account Office (GAO) has completed a study into the Sukhoi Superjet 100 program and found it “under the threat of closing down.” In its report, the GAO says that direct government investment in the project from 2003 to 2010 amounted to 16.9 billion roubles ($513 million).
Sukhoi Superjet 100
The Russian aerospace industry made a strong showing at the Farnborough airshow last week, with 55 entities represented. Eighteen full-scale exhibits were on display, including a Yak-130 combat trainer, an Aeroflot SSJ100 jetliner, and SaM146 and PD14 turbofan engines. The Ka-62 helicopter–a civil version of the military multirole Ka-62–made its international debut in the form of a full-scale mockup.
During the 2012 Farnborough International airshow, United Aircraft president Mikhail Pogosyan did what no chief executive of a Western aerospace company would even consider: comment publicly on the findings, or lack thereof, by investigators of a fatal accident before the relevant authorities had
Data from the “black boxes” retrieved from the wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 that crashed in Indonesia on May 9 so far shows not even a “hint” of technical fault, United Aircraft president Mikhail Pogosyan reported during a Farnborough press conference.
Interjet, the Western launch customer for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), has converted its five options into firm orders (nominally valued at $175 million), bringing its total acquisition to 20 of the basic 93-passenger model.
Two months after suffering a fatal accident involving a demonstration airplane once used for air show appearances, Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ) program partners Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) and SuperJet International (SJI) are hoping to dampen further speculation about the disaster, at least for this week. Helping it with this will be an Aeroflot SSJ in the static display, and a possible follow-on order from Mexico’s Interjet.
Even though its investigation is ongoing, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) issued five safety recommendations on June 26, relating to the May 9 crash this year of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliner on a demonstration flight from Jakarta.
The latest contender for the sector of the market dominated by Embraer’s E-Jet line and Bombardier’s CRJs suffered perhaps the worst kind of public-relations damage one could imagine this month, when a Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 crashed into a sheer mountain face in Indonesia, killing all 45 people on board.
The investigation will now begin to find out why pilots of the Sukhoi SuperJet 100-95, which crashed last week just 20 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, requested a descent to 6,000 feet in the mountainous region of West Java, Indonesia.
While the May 9 crash of a Superjet 100 during a demonstration flight in Indonesia most importantly took a human toll, it also might have dealt a serious blow to the aspirations of the Russian civil aircraft industry to compete with Western manufacturers in the global market.