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Russia decides to resume An-124 cargo plane production

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Russia decides to resume An-124 cargo plane production
ZHUKOVSKY (Moscow Region), August 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Defense Ministry has decided to resume production of one of the world's largest cargo planes, the An-124 Ruslan (Condor), the country's Air Force chief said on Thursday.

Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin told reporters at the MAKS-2009 air show outside Moscow that the aircraft would be used both for commercial domestic flights and for carrying NATO troops to Iraq.

The An-124 was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in 1982, and was produced in Kiev and Ulyanovsk until 1995. The plane has a maximum payload of 150 metric tons with a flight range of around 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles).

The cargo jet is the world's third largest after the An-225 and the Airbus A380F.

Russia and Ukraine reached a preliminary agreement to resume production of the An-124 in April 2008.
HAL to supply components for Sukhoi fighters to Russia

Vinay Shukla

Zhukovski, Aug 20 (PTI) The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) will supply components to Russia for its Sukhoi range of combat jets for export to third countries, even as India's premier aviation giant prepares to roll out the first fully indigenous Su-30MKI multi-role fighter next year.

India and Russia are expected to sign an inter- governmental agreement on supply on components by the end of this year, a top HAL executive has said.

"We are already supplying navigation and communication equipment for installation on the Su-30MK series of fighters exported by Russia to other countries," GM of HAL's Nasik based Aircraft Manufacturing Division, V Balakrishnan told PTI on sidelines of the International Aerospace Show-MAKS-2009.

The new agreement would provide for expanding the inventory to include the supply of airframe components for the multi-role jets to be exported by Russia, he said.

India, Russia to ink transport aircraft JV agreement in September
August 19th, 2009

MOSCOW - India and Russia are expected to ink a deal for the setting up of a joint venture for production of state-of-art multi-role transport aircraft (MTA) for their air forces.

The agreement is expected to be signed next month during Defence Minister A K Antony’s visit to Moscow.

A news agency report quoted V Balakrishnan, General Manager of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) aircraft manufacturing division,as saying that Russia has cleared the formalities for the creation of the 50-50 JV.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has allocated funds for financing Russia’s share, he told the news agency on the sidelines of the International Aero-space show ‘MAKS-2009′.

From the Indian side HAL will hold 50 per cent equity in the JV.

The inter-government agreement for the joint development and production of MTA was inked in 2006 during the then President Putin’s visit to India. (ANI)

Sukhoi leads the way on MAKS 2009 deals

20 August, 2009, 10:30

Deals have been thin on the ground at the MAKS air show near Moscow, with Military planes stealing the show, while civil aircraft production needs state support and foreign technology.

Sukhoi is the star of the show this year. It signed a $2.5 billion contract with Russia's Defense ministry for 64 fighter jets. It got a hundred million dollar loan from state development bank VEB – and is getting the same amount, to boost its capital, from the federal budget.

Russia’s Prime minister said the state will be only supporting truly competitive companies that are capable of making money on the market. It suggests the priority is not future projects but products which are made and sold now. And this is mainly Russia’s traditionally strong military aircraft sector.

Sukhoi’s multi-billion dollar contract to supply Russia’s military, could generate orders for other aircraft and the components industry according to Aleksandr Mikheev, Deputy Managing Director at Rosoboronexport.

”This contract will give an impetus not only to Sukhoi and its suppliers, but to the whole range of military-transport aviation. For MIG producers, it could boost development of many companies related to combat aviation.”

Arms exporters say military sales remain the "tried-and-trusted money-maker" while sales of commercial aircraft struggle to get airborne.  The United Aircraft Corporation, created to revive civil aircraft manufacturing, has instead been selling Soviet era planes at a loss, to get them off the books. It now owes nearly $4 billion to creditors.

Reuben Johnson, analyst at Aviation Week says the only way Russian civilian plane makers can catch up with global leaders is to borrow technology from abroad.

”They should really consider licensed building aircraft from other countries. Like theres this plan to build this MS 21 civil aircraft, which would be larger than the superjet. And by the time they develop this aircraft and they test it and they certify it, and its ready, it’ll be too late. The window will be closed. So they need to talk to somebody like Embraer, in Brazil about building other people’s aircraft in this part of the world.”

The first and the only Russian civil aircraft built since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, looks set for success. The joint venture of Russian, Italian, French and Germany engineers expects 150 firm orders by the end of the year.

Russian MS-21 jetliner to use Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney engines

20 August 2009 - 12:10pm

By RIA Novosti,

Moscow : Russia's Irkut aircraft building corporation has picked Britain's Rolls Royce and Canada's Pratt & Whitney to supply engines for its new MS-21 aircraft, the corporation's president said Wednesday.

Speaking at the international MAKS air show near Moscow, Oleg Demchenko said: "The best two firms have been chosen. The technical details are being verified at the moment, and the final decision will be announced shortly."

The MS-21 plane, developed by Russia's major manufacturing companies Ilyushin, Tupolev and Yakovlev, is to replace the ageing Tu-154 aircraft, which currently accounts for some 80 percent of Russia's passenger and freight traffic.

The MS-21 is also set to compete with the Airbus A-320 and Boeing 737 aircraft. The new passenger jet is due to enter service in 2012.

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