Affected by Western sanctions, Russia has decided to invest heavily in the development of its aviation industry…
Sanctions have forced the Russian government to realize its dependence on Western technology.
Russia, which has long been a major aviation country, has changed its strategy by massively ordering Western aircraft in recent years, including Airbus.
At the same time, in partnership with the Italian manufacturer, a number of medium-haul aircraft were developed: Superjet 100. Superjet 100 made its first flight in 2011 and aimed to compete with regional aircraft Embrasser and Bombardier, the latter now owned by Airbus.
In recent years, Aeroflot has mainly ordered aircraft from Airbus, and it has lost the most sanctions against Russia in this area, so Europe as a whole. Especially since Aeroflot planned to gradually withdraw from its fleet short-haul aircraft manufactured by Boeing. As we have noted, in imposing sanctions, Europe is shooting itself in the foot: hyperinflation, loss of competitiveness vis-à-vis the United States and China due to energy surpluses, a sharp drop in the euro’s purchasing power against the dollar …
In addition, aircraft rental companies have decided to ban any use of their aircraft in Russia, which has caused concern to the Russian government, which has passed a law allowing Russian companies to store 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 expand its market share in Russian-made aircraft. By the end of 2022, 150 billion will be invested.
“A lot needs to be done to create the necessary infrastructure in this area. The goal is to increase the market share of domestic aircraft in the fleet of Russian companies to 81% by 2030, “said Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin during a meeting with MPs.
Thus, local companies should receive 1,000 new aircraft produced in the country by 2030.
The United Aircraft Corporation, which produces Superjet, must be the clear winner. According to the Vedomosti newspaper, Aeroflot is to sign a contract for the purchase of 300 aircraft in the near future. Among these 1,000 planned aircraft, according to TASS, will be 140 Superjet aircraft, 270 MS 21-310 aircraft, 70 II 114-300 aircraft and 70 Tu-214 aircraft. In addition, a large number of small aircraft are provided: TVRS-44 Ladoga, L-410 and Baikal (LMS-901).
In addition, 760 helicopters will be delivered to the airlines.
Part of the challenge is to develop more parts for aircraft, such as those related to engines currently imported for the Superjet. Part of the program aims to address these issues through a section on the production of aircraft engines for the full range of civil aircraft: short, medium and long-haul.
The government plans to build 5,000 reactors / engines for aircraft and helicopters by 2030. “Another important issue is the state of aviation 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 updating, “said Mykhailo Mishustin. According to the head of government, many of these companies are currently facing a shortage of critical components, materials and technologies due to sanctions. Russia will undoubtedly be able to count on the resources of Asian countries to develop the production of electronic and high-tech products.