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A.THE RUSSIAN AEROSPACE INDUSTRY IS STRONG AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE – IT HAS CARVED OUT A SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF THE GLOBAL MARKET
Reuters, June 21, 2011, Russia keen to show it can take on Boeing, Airbus, accessed June 22, 2011, http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/06/21/uk-airshow-russia-idUKTRE75K33020110621, MD
(Reuters) - A visit to the Paris Air Show by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, more exhibition space than ever and demonstrations of its Sukhoi airliner -- Russia is getting serious about challenging the dominance of Boeing Co (BA.N) and Airbus (EAD.PA). With exhibition space at 1,700 square metres, the Russian Federation is one of the 10 largest national participants at this year's Paris air show, highlighting its desire to make a mark. State-owned United Aircraft Corp (UAC), which owns Sukhoi, believes it can become a serious third player in the commercial market by 2025, pinning its hopes on its mid-sized MS-21/MC-21 airliner. "We are here to convince our customers, our potential customers, that we are capable of all these targets that we put in front of us," UAC Chairman Mikhail Pogosyan said at the Paris Air Show. His colleague Alexey Fedorov, president of Sukhoi unit Irkut, said: "Any new planes from Airbus and Boeing won't come until around 2020, so we feel the MC-21 will enable us to take a good share of the market and compete well with them." Sukhoi also announced the launch of a business jet version of the regional SuperJet 100. Moscow is pushing for Russian companies to raise their spending in research and development as the government seeks to modernise and diversify the economy away from energy and other resources. State-owned Russian Technologies said it would use the Paris Air Show to improve its contacts with foreign partners as it seeks to move from assembly to developing its own platforms. "We are pursuing this in a serious direction. In the next two to three years, our priority in cooperation with foreign partners will be implementing our own technology," Russian Technologies deputy general director Dmitry Shugayev said. FUTURE ORDERS However, whether Russia can translate its ambitions into hard orders is another matter, given competition from Brazil's Embraer (EMBR3.SA), Canada's Bombardier (BBDb.TO) and fellow new market entrant China. Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) is not short of ambition and on Tuesday signed an agreement with Ryanair (RYA.I), a traditional Boeing customer, to consult on the development of a new narrow-bodied aircraft.
B. RUSSIA IS EXPANDING ITS SPACE EXPLORATION PROGRAM AT THE TIME THE US IS CUTTING BACK – RUSSIAN LAWMAKERS WANT THEIR AEROSPACE INDUSTRY TO CONTINUE TO CARVE OUT A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF THE WORLD MARKET TO ANCHOR ITS ECONOMY
Ilya Arkipov and Lyubov Pronina,reporters for Bloomberg News, “Russia Speeds Up Space Mission Plans as U.S. May Cut Spending”, April 5th, 2011, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-04/russia-speeds-up-moon-mars-plans-as-u-s-may-cut-space-funds.html, accessed on June 22, 2011, CJJ
Russiamay accelerate planned missions to the moon and Mars as it seeks to maintain its lead over China in space exploration and close the gap with the U.S. Russia may start manned flights to the moon by the end of the decade, 10 years earlier than previously planned, and establish a base there by 2030, according to Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. Russia may also send a man to Mars by 2040. “It is the first time that the government has allocated decent financing to us,” Anatoly Perminov, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, said in a phone interview on April 2. The agency’s $3.5 billion budget for 2011 has almost tripled since 2007, reaching the highest since the collapse of theSoviet Unionin 1991. “We can now advance on all themes a bit,” Perminov said. Unlike 50 years ago, when beating the U.S. into space marked a geopolitical victory in the Cold War, Russia is focusing on the commercial, technological and scientific aspects of space travel. President Dmitry Medvedevhas named aerospace one of five industries the government plans to nurture to help diversify the economy of the world’s largest energy supplier away from resource extraction. “We are increasing the space budget as the time has come for a technological breakthrough,”Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Prime MinisterVladimir Putin, said by phone yesterday. “We need to replace outdated infrastructure and continue to support the flagship status of the space industry.” Space Station Cooperation Russia’s Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft with three astronauts on board was launched early today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. The launch marks the 50th anniversary on April 12 of Yuri Gagarin’s first mission to space. Alexander Samokutiaev and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos and NASA’s Ron Garan are scheduled to arrive at the station on April 7, Roscosmos said on its website. Russia is working on the ISS with the U.S. It will provide the only way for U.S. astronauts to travel to the station following a decision to end the almost 30-year-old space shuttle program this year, with the last two flights scheduled for April and June.