Putin says Russia can compete in aircraft global market

22:22, June 30, 2010      

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Russia's aircraft manufacturing companies are capable of penetrating the global market despite tough competition, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

"We are certain that the Russian aircraft industry could find its own niche on the global market and we lay serious hopes on that," Putin told the first International Engineering Technologies International Forum 2010 held in Zhukovsky, Moscow region.

Russia was well aware of strong competition in the aircraft market, but has several projects that could become a success globally. Those projects include the An-124 Condor heavy-lift transport plane and the Superjet 100 medium-haul passenger plane, Putin said.

The An-124 was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in 1982 and was produced in Ukraine's Kiev and Russia's Ulyanovsk plants until 1995. Although there are no An-124s being built at present, Russia and Ukraine have reportedly agreed to resume production in the future.

The Superjet-100 project is a family of medium-haul passenger aircraft developed by Sukhoi in cooperation with a number of U.S. and European corporations, including Boeing, Snecma, Thales, Messier Dowty, Liebherr Aerospace and Honeywell.

Sukhoi, part of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation, plans to manufacture at least 700 Superjet-100s and sell 35 percent of them to North America, 25 percent to Europe, 10 percent to Latin America, seven percent to Russia and China. It is not clear where the remaining 23 percent would be sold or redistributed.

Currently, the company has at least 122 firm orders for Superjet 100 airliners.



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