On aviation of the government in recent years has not been forgotten, but the current support for the sector is still unprecedented. United aircraft Corporation (UAC) received from the authorities of almost all that was requested. Therefore, even in the conditions of crisis it is not slowing down at no one your project, and Vice versa, making plans for production growth and is going to hire thousands of new workers and engineers.
“The year 2015 from the point of view of the business of the Corporation will undergo dramatic changes,” said the UAC President Yury Slyusar, which is still a couple of weeks ago, I worked as the Deputy head of the Ministry of industry and trade. In fact, to the drama of the KLA, to put it mildly, far away. While many companies in crisis are preparing to cut production, costs and employees (and some already do), United aircraft Corporation, by contrast, is building a very ambitious plans.
“It is understood that it is necessary to focus on non-oil sources of income and invest in high technology. And aviation is a high technology”
Despite difficult times in the Russian economy, the KLA in 2015 going to release 20% more planes instead of 193 161 last year – and to increase revenues by 40.3%, to 400 billion rubles, said Slusar.
UAC is not only not going to reduce their staff and wants to hire this year from 8 thousand new. About a thousand workers and engineers have already begun work on the new production of aggregates from composite materials in Kazan and Ulyanovsk, built from scratch. And only in 2015-2017, the Corporation will need to 16-17 thousand new employees, said Slusar.
The KLA is not going to collapse or freeze ongoing or new investment projects on creation of modern civil aircraft. They include not only the production of already flying the SSJ-100, but the continuation of work on still not seen the sky plane MS-21 and the beginning of the development together with China’s wide-body airliner, which will cost, according to preliminary estimates of the KLA, in 13 billion dollars.
On assuming office the new head of the KLA, Slusar said that “in civil programmes there comes a moment of truth that is associated with the development of the program of SSJ-100”. Now we can say that the moment of truth came. The demand for SSJ-100 will be.
Production volume regional SSJ-100 will no doubt increase, given the incentives that the government has promised anti-crisis plan to the airlines when buying domestic aircraft. And the VAT reduction for domestic flights, too, as stated in the plan, will allow the crisis to increase flights in Russia, giving rise to the demand for regional aircraft, including SSJ-100 will be just out of competition (given the rise in loans and leases, foreign currency exchange rates and the same subsidies from the state).
As for the MS-21, a core project of the Russian civilian aircraft industry,” as said Slyusar, in 2015, the UAC will roll out its first flight model. “This project is related very much – not only the size of the investment, but all of our ambitions related to the presence in the segment of medium-haul aircraft,” – said the head of the KLA.
Plans to create a Russian-Chinese wide-body aircraft on 250-280 passengers still in force. The design of the plane should end in July 2015 (the plane itself will appear in 2021, and the series will start in 2025). “Now we have agreed on and submitted to the government a business concept formed and very successfully operates a joint Russian-Chinese working group on directions. Our colleagues from COMAC (the Chinese aviation company – approx. OPINION) with great enthusiasm for the project and are working hard to develop it”, – said Slusar.
Shares of participation of Russia and China in the project are 50 to 50. Cooperation on the project have yet to be clarified, but, according to Slusar, it is assumed that the composite wing, the mechanization will make the Russian side, the fuselage – Chinese. The only problem in the engine. “The engine, unfortunately, we have plans to develop is not worth it. So we are talking about the fact that we have two manufacturers – General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, will negotiate with them, ” added the President of the KLA. But with the Chinese colleagues have already said that the objective of the second phase, including, optionally, the joint development of the engine will fit in the terms of reference”.
Considering all these plans, it becomes quite clear why, despite the difficult times, the UAC creates as many new jobs. According to Slusar, they are necessary for the execution of the largest in the history of post-Soviet aircraft industry of the state defense order, as well as the implementation of the programme of civil aviation.
“Strengthening the human resource capacity of UAC is a key factor of formation of competitive aircraft industry and the country’s contribution to ensuring economic independence and the development of export potential of Russia. The decision of the Corporation to increase the number of employees is consistent with the action plan of the government of Russia to ensure sustainable economic development and social stability in 2015, which was published this week,” – said Yuri Slusar.
Aviation, as is evident from a published yesterday by the government anti-crisis plan, in fact it was in particular priority among other industries.
The head of the KLA admits that the government approved the proposals in the anti-crisis program. If the representatives, for example, the agricultural sector and small and medium business, which also turns out to be a serious support, brought to the program a number of claims, the aviation industry did not find any complaints.
“Now against all these external political and economic events, it is understood that the country need to focus on non-oil sources of income and invest in high technology. And the aircraft is high technology. This is the competence that Russia is not yet lost. Despite all the difficulties and devastation of the 90s, we are still one of the few countries that is able to implement major innovation projects and the creation of modern aircraft. Therefore, it is clear that the government puts the development of aircraft construction in the priority”, – agrees the Director of Avia.ru the novel of hussars.
In the future, this groundwork will shoot as a new export product. “These products can be in demand in the international market, and in addition Europe have alternative markets – India, China, South-East Asia. There we can take their share. Then help and partnership with China”, – said Gusarov. Finally, the support aircraft is also strengthening the country’s defense.
“All these blockades and embargoes showed that we must be independent, have a lot to be able to produce themselves. We must be a country that earns on developing high-tech industries”, – said the expert.
If from wide-body aircraft project the impact will be only in the next decade, the MS-21 – it is the hope of the foreseeable future. According to the plan, its serial production should start in 2017, as that time, as Russia (according to plan) should emerge from the crisis.
Thanks to this aircraft, Russia will have a real chance to become the world’s third largest manufacturer of civil equipment after American Boeing and European Airbus. And this is the goal of the government. “It’s not just words: technological potential and science – all we have. Some more complicated things for the plane we can do, and some more simple – China. The Assembly can be and there and there. We are a little behind in the technology of production, and then had to make”, – said Roman Gusarov.