"Aviacor": An-140 is dead, long live the IL-114?
The last days of July have become rich on statements regarding the production program of OAO Samara "Aviakor aircraft factory." It is obvious that the factory once again going through hard times, and it can actually save only a miracle.
So, July 31, 2015 reported that "Aviacor" suspended issuance program of AN-140 due to the political situation around Ukraine - TASS reported, by the company CEO, Alexei Gusev. "Given that we have on this project 34 suppliers of components, as well as the head of "Antonov" [aircraft manufacturing concern] is in Ukraine, as quickly arrange for import substitution is not possible. So we have this program temporarily stopped, and then we'll see, "- he said.
Gusev added that the assembly of aircraft is still in progress of the components are stored in warehouses. "Of the backlog, we are finishing the construction of aircraft" - quoted by Interfax Gusev. How many aircraft can be collected from the remaining components, he did not elaborate.
This summer, the plant was unable to perform the contract for the production of AN-140 Russian Defense Ministry due to failure of supply of Ukrainian components which had to ensure the concern "Antonov".
Because of the political situation ruptured relations between the Russian and Ukrainian aviation and military industries, which were once part of a single Soviet complex.
In turn, the decision on the draft release of the IL-114 at the Samara plant can be taken at the end of 2015. This was told to reporters in July 30 by the governor of the Samara Region, Nikolai Merkushin. "A final decision on the start of production of the plane yet. The project is now postponed to next year, that is, it will be considered at the end of 2015 and will then be decided whether scheduled for next year funds for its implementation" - said Merkushin.
He said that the project postponed, due in no small part to the economic situation. "As estimated in general for the project to implement it, you need 58 billion rubles - this new equipment, modernization of the plant for the aircraft, the numbering of the aircraft, well, and in the same amount of leasing - the plane will cost about about $ 14-16 million, the company will be very difficult to buy such an expensive aircraft, "- said the head of the region.