marat wrote:william.boutros wrote:TheArmenian wrote:marat wrote:Could somebody post some updated information about SU-100 Superjet production; how many of those aircrafts are produced?
And is Su 130 project still alive?
As of today, 18 Superjets produced this year.
Well, the plane didn't live up to its expectations and is not part of a line yet in exception of the long range version.
Indonesia crash, sanctions and lack of good support all hampered the effort to promote the plane in the west.
Unfortunatelly i must agree with you. Plane is in production for quite long time but never reached planed rate of 60-70 per year. Competition in that category now is even bigger with Japan and China in game.
I hope that better days are in front of it, but i am not opptimist any longer. Production will be live and numbers will raise but it will not be big comercial succes.
They need to market the plane more aggressively. Create a support and maintenance network for the plane in countries willing to purchase. They need to further develop new variants of the plane and improve its economy and reliability. All that would not be wasted as you will be building your customer, technological and support base for the entire aviation sector.
It may not be a bad idea to combine military related support facilities for helicopters and jets in foreign countries with civilian ones to improve service in both areas.