TheArmenian wrote:Two Antonov planes made their first flights in Russia this month:
10 march 2016: AN-148 produced by VASO in Voronezh made its first flight
19 March 2016: AN-140 produced by Aviacor in Samara made its first flight
Both planes are for the Russian Defense Ministry.
Seems that Ukrainian components are getting through.
Also note that VK-117 engines for Russian built Mi-8 family helicopters are still coming in from Motor-Sich Ukraine.
Despite their big anti-Russia talk, the Ukrainians have figured out that their industry cannot survive without their single most important customer: Russia
Perhaps the engines for the Russian frigates will come too.
P.S. Russia is now sourcing all VK-2500 helicopter engines (Mi-28 and Ka-52) locally. Eventually (perhaps in a couple of years), all helicopter engines will be produced in Russia... and the Ukrainian engine manufacturing industry (Motor-Sich) will cease to exist.
Also note that the Ukrainians need Russia to produce their new AN-178 plane (which is a cargo version of the AN-148). About 60-70% of that plane is made of Russian-made components and I don't see the Ukrainian being able to do their own import substitution.
I guess the Ukrops and the Russians are discreetly collaborating in this field...for the time being.
NAF should at one point take over Zaporizhia and take over Motor Sich. Ukrappy's deserved to be punished for biting the hand that feeds them!