Some one was stating that Apache's had shit engines, those were GE but Turbomeca even makes the engines for the license produced Apache in Italy. Don't see many problems with those.
I have a lot of respect for the Apache, it is a very capable aircraft, but it does have a reputation for high maintainence and being a bit of a Hanger Queen.
I would hope the hanger wouldn't be air-conditioned in Russian winter.
I mean full environmental controls, ie heated in summer, cooled in winter, humidity and dust levels controlled.
Also during peacetime fighter aircraft limited to 4g manouvers and not allowed to fly low and fast due to stresses it puts on airframe. No flying fast or high either for the same reasons. You don't think long engine and airframe lives in the west come from thin air?
We have hangers for our helicopters. We don't leave them on the tarmac all year long.
Do you have enough hangers? Your next generation of aircraft will all start needing much more care than they have been getting.
RF government will buy it when it is proven to meet the requirements. The problem is created when MIC can't demonstrate a sufficient level of technology.
This is the chicken and the egg problem... with no sizable orders for the last 2 decades how do Russian companies fund a sufficient level of technology?
Who has told them what that level is? Are they to compete with the best companies in the world? Is that logical to expect a company with no internal market for 20 years to compete with the worlds best?
That sort of thinking will destroy your MIC.
The Mi-38 was created as a JV with Eurocopter called Euromil... once Eurocopter pulled out, the development stopped. Mil wasn't able to get anything off the ground by themselves.
It was a replacement for the Mi-8, Mi-18 doesn't sound much more than the Mi-17, and Mi-28 was already taken so Mi-38 sounds like the next available code for whatever Mil was planning, with or without European help. European help only became necessary because of lack of government funding. It is was and will be a Mil project.
It not only saves money in the short term, it saves in the long term on maintenance and fuel consumption which increases marketability of the products.
It doesn't save any money. You are spending money in another economy. Your profits are going to France.
You are talking about military aircraft here, that is what the Russian military should concern itself with, an civil aircraft construction is none of its business.
It is not the role of Russian military spending to reform the Russian Aviation Industry.
You talk about free market forces and then you talk about forcing Russian companies into joint ventures with French companies.
It is as hippocritical is George W Bush talking about bringing democracy to the middle east.
Our engines do not meet FAA and JAA safety standards, more countries outside of the West are adopting these standards as a global one and pushes our old aircraft out of the market.
It would be very simple to apply new safety standards to existing engines and systems. There is no need to change engines to comply.
Klimov clearly needs to find more efficient methods of production, wages are already low enough, it needs to be retooled which is being accomplished with license production of French engines.
They could be retooling with new equipment to build their own engines, there is no need to waste money on French models.
If we didn't do this export orders for Russian helicopter will become barred in most nations and they will certainly go out of business.
There is no reason why Russian engine makers cannot modify their engines to meet any new standard. The PS-90A is an example of an engine (D-30) modified to meet and exceed western standards for use in the west. The problem is that to meet those standards the engine becomes expensive, like western engines and the thing that made Russian products interesting (ie their lower cost) is gone so there is no longer any point in buying Russian... so there goes your market.
Licence production makes sense for the country that licence produces the product because they can absorb the increased cost of the product because of cheaper local manufacture. Sold to third parties however most licence agreements increase the royalties and even include clauses that prohibit third party sales.
Turbomeca will not want competition against its own helos in foreign markets from Russian engine makers any more than Sukhoi wants chinese flanker knockoffs to compete with.
For the same reason as the helicopters, the FAA and JAA certification will not go on planes with Soviet engines which is limiting our markets more every year.
The biggest threat to your markets is the fact that eastern europe is now part of NATO, and most is hostile to Russia and wouldn't buy anything from you unless they had a gun to their heads. They would rather buy worn out second or third hand F-16s than even consider a new Mig or Sukhoi.
Il-476 payload is only 5 tonnes better than an An-70 but is $10-15 million cheaper. It had been decided that it was more efficient just to mass produce Candids since it has better payload, more range, and an infrastructure we already have. The one thing in An-70's favour is it will be cheaper to operate and maintain thanks to its turboprops. Now it will be cutting orders for the Il-476 which will increase their overall cost and cutting export possibility.
Are you suggesting the Il-476 will carry 52 tons?
The Il-76MF can already carry 60 tons.
The An-70 can carry a max design load of 47 tons and when taking off from a 1.8km concrete runway can carry that 47 ton load 1,350km.
The Il-76MF can carry a 55 ton payload 5,550km.
I would expect the Il-476 to be able to do even better with an all new wing and new avionics etc etc.
You should know what being from New Zealand? The only thing NZ MoD knows how to do is cut their dicks off. C-130J has far more range than any previous version, the marketing is determined by how far it can travel. It has a pressurised cabin so what you're saying doesn't make sense.
The C-130 was sold as a strategic light transport. It is not. The J is as expensive as an Il-76 and not as capable. We couldn't even fly one of our LAV IIIs to Australia in a C-130, it doesn't have the range. Buying a new C-130J would be a complete waste of money and time. The cost of air deploying armour is enormous and we would spend more on aircraft than we would armour. We currently and always have shipped our armour where it is needed and that is not going to change any time soon.