Russia wants to invest more in the development of its aircraft

Affected by Western sanctions, Russia has decided to invest heavily in the development of its aviation industry…

The sanctions have made the Russian government aware of its dependence on Western technology.

Russia, which has long been a major aviation power, has shifted its strategy, in recent years bulk ordering Western aircraft, especially Airbus.

At the same time, a number of medium-range aircraft were developed in partnership with an Italian manufacturer: the Superjet 100. The Superjet 100 made its first flight in 2011 and was supposed to compete with regional aircraft from Embrasser and Bombardier. now owned by Airbus.

In recent years, Aeroflot has mainly ordered aircraft from Airbus, and therefore the main loser from sanctions against Russia in this area, as well as in general, is Europe. Moreover, Aeroflot planned to gradually withdraw from its fleet short-haul aircraft manufactured by Boeing. As we noted when imposing sanctions, Europe is shooting itself in the foot: hyperinflation, loss of competitiveness in relation to the US and China due to inflated energy prices, a sharp drop in the purchasing power of the euro against the dollar …

In addition, aircraft rental companies have taken the decision to ban all use of their aircraft in Russia, which has caused concern for the Russian government, which passed a law allowing Russian companies to leave these aircraft.

To better prepare for the future, the Russian government this week announced plans to invest 770 billion rubles in the country’s aviation industry over the next 10 years to boost the market share of Russian-made aircraft. By the end of 2022, $150 billion will be invested.

“There is much to be done to create the necessary infrastructure in this industry. The task is to increase the share of domestic aircraft in the fleet of Russian companies by 2030 to 81%,” Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a meeting with deputies.
Thus, by 2030, local companies should receive 1,000 new aircraft produced in the country.

The clear winner should be the United Aircraft Corporation, which manufactures the Superjet. According to the Vedomosti newspaper, Aeroflot is due to sign a contract for the purchase of 300 aircraft in the near future. Among these 1,000 planned aircraft, the TASS agency specifies, there will be 140 Superjet aircraft, 270 MC 21-310 aircraft, 70 II 114-300 aircraft and 70 Tu-214 aircraft. In addition, a large number of small aircraft are envisaged: TVRS-44 Ladoga, L-410 and Baikal (LMS-901).

In addition, 760 helicopters will be delivered to airlines.

Part of the problem is developing more aircraft parts in-house, such as the engines currently being imported for the Superjet. Part of the program aims to meet these challenges with an aircraft engine manufacturing facility for the entire line of civil aircraft: short, medium and long haul.
By 2030, the government plans to produce 5,000 aircraft and helicopter reactors/engines. “Another important issue is the state of aviation industry companies. During my working trips around the country, I visited them several times, they have interesting solutions, experienced staff, but the production base often needs to be updated,” Mikhail Mishustin said. According to the head of government, now, due to sanctions, many of these companies are experiencing a shortage of critical components, materials and technologies. Russia will undoubtedly be able to rely on the resources of Asian countries to develop its production of electronic and high-tech products.