The latest round of economic sanctions imposed against Russia by the U.S. and European Union (EU) did not directly target the civil aerospace and air transport sectors, but they may yet inflict collateral damage on these industries. The U.S. sanctions, announced on September 12, included the Rostec defense group, which has ambitions in the civil sector, such as its planned joint venture with Canada’s Bombardier to build Q400 regional airliners in Russia.
The Russian defense ministry has ordered seven more Su-30SM two-seat fighters worth 13 billion roubles, boosting the total to be acquired to 72. Of these, the Russian air force is getting 60 and naval aviation 12. An initial contract for 30 was placed in 2012. Some have reportedly been deployed to Crimea.
Russia’s business aviation community has assembled at Moscow’s Vnokovo Airport for the annual JetExpo show this week. Among the highlights is the first full appearance of a completed Sukhoi Business Jet, which is symbolic of Russia’s aspiration to develop a homegrown business aviation industry. AIN’s team of reporters has all the news from this year’s JetExpo at our special landing page.
Russia’s aircraft interiors business is determined to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign suppliers–a goal that may or may not be connected to the threat of further Western economic sanctions against Russia. The only media briefing at the entire three-day JetExpo’2014 show came from AKAI, the Russian acronym for Association of Aviation Interior Companies.
“We can capture almost 100 aircraft in the business aviation market,” CEO of Superjet International (SJI) Nazario Cauceglia told AIN.
Russia’s Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) issued a supplemental type certificate in late June that allows the Sukhoi Superjet 100 to execute Cat IIIa automatic landings.
This STC allows the SSJ100 to land at Cat IIIa-certified runways when visibility does not exceed 175 meters and when the crosswind component does not exceed 10 meters per second (19 knots).
For UAC subsidiary Irkut, the Farnborough Airshow is a great chance to connect with Western partners and prospective customers for its MC-21 narrowbody airliner development. The group claims that the new design’s composite wing will give it an operating cost advantage even over the new re-engined Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737Max airliners.
A single Superjet 100 “product chalet,” occupied by officials from both Venice-based Superjet International (SJI) and Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) here in Farnborough, reflects a conscious effort by the two companies to more effectively integrate their operations. The joint presence here marks something of a milestone in the evolution of the two companies’ relationship, Superjet International CEO Nazario Cauceglia told AIN during an interview just before the start of the show.
The successful consolidation of key parts of Russia’s aerospace industry into the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is more evident at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow then at any time since the group’s formation back in February 2006.
Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC), Russia’s largest aircraft lessor, says it has lined up various prospective customers to discuss deals for Bombardier CSeries and Sukhoi Superjet aircraft. “We come here to see our airline customers in the first place. Meetings at the show have been arranged with twelve carriers interested in the CSeries and five ones considering the Superjet,” said IFC general manager Alexander Roubtsov. “Besides, we will host a number of events devoted to the Q series and the MC-21. Talking to banks is also important.
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