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    Post  franco Thu Feb 16, 2023 2:18 pm

    Manturov announced the signing of contracts for the supply of Russian aircraft

    Contracts for leasing domestic aircraft and helicopters to Russian airlines have been signed in accordance with the instructions of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was announced on February 16 by Deputy Prime Minister, Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov.

    On January 11, Putin instructed Manturov to complete work on placing orders for aircraft at Russian enterprises within a month.

    "All three passports of investment projects on leasing <...> have been approved, and contracts between lessors, operators and manufacturers have been concluded, "Manturov told RIA Novosti.

    Investment projects provide for the production of aircraft at the expense of the National Welfare Fund at a rate not exceeding 1.5%. Manturov said that five contracts have been signed with suppliers.

    In particular, we are talking about leasing 63 aircraft to Aeroflot, 39 aircraft to Aurora Airlines, as well as 86 Mi-8AMT/Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters.

    Last week, it was reported that serial deliveries of Ladoga aircraft should begin in 2026.

    https://translated.turbopages.org/proxy_u/ru-en.en.d989d920-63ee2a1c-5f56149f-74722d776562/https/iz.ru/1471154/2023-02-16/manturov-soobshchil-o-podpisanii-kontraktov-na-postavku-rossiiskikh-samoletov?main_click

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    Post  Dr.Snufflebug Thu Feb 16, 2023 2:29 pm

    The first prototype of the "SSJ-NEW" is nearing completion:
    https://aviation21.ru/na-knaaz-rasskazali-o-xode-stroitelstva-pervyx-samolyotov-ssj-new/

    They're testing new components and stuff using some previously available airframes at present.

    So, Russian-made PD-8 engines, Russian-made composite wingbox and wings with "sabrelets" as they call them, Russian-made avionics, Russian-made auxiliary power unit etc.

    Sanctions are working, in reviving Russian industry that is.

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    Post  Dr.Snufflebug Thu Feb 16, 2023 2:52 pm

    Russian Helicopters signs a new contract with GTLK (the huge civilian transport leasing company) for 86 modernized Mi-8/17 helicopters to be delivered 2023-2025:
    https://www.rhc.aero/media/86_vertoletov_gtlk

    Under the previous contract from 2017-2022, they delivered 132 helicopters, if I understand correctly that contract includes another 32 that are on their right now.

    So that's some 250 helicopters over 8 years, not too bad. Both RH and GTLK are under heavy western sanctions.

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    Post  owais.usmani Thu Feb 16, 2023 4:13 pm

    https://habr.com/ru/news/t/667726/

    Proton-PM will produce parts for PD-14 and PS-90A engines in three shifts


    Andrey Podgornov, Deputy Director for Production of the Perm enterprise Proton-PM (part of the State Corporation Roscosmos) , said that in the next five years, the partner of the enterprise, the company UEC-Perm Motors, is faced with the task of significantly increasing the production of the PS-90A engine and by 2030, in addition to these volumes, to reach the full-fledged production of engines of the PD-14 series. PS-90A is installed on passenger aircraft of the Il-96, Il-76 and Tu-204 families.

    Proton-PM acts as the main supplier of foundry products for these engines. In addition, the company's partners are ready to outsource additional modules and units of gas turbine equipment, Podgornov points out. Proton-PM has already received the PS-90A engine reverse module for development. The main parts of this assembly (sash) are already being manufactured.

    “We have to organize a three-shift operation at each workplace of the foundry and ensure the production of the required volume of cast billets. The success of this work directly depends on the efforts of the services of the chief metallurgist, personnel and logistics,” said Andrey Podgornov.

    On May 11 of this year, United Engine Corporation JSC (part of the Rostec State Corporation) announced the completion of bench tests of the first experimental PD-8 engine. The tests confirmed the performance of the engine and its systems, the main parameters that were laid down in the terms of reference. The engineers carried out the required number of launches to obtain the main parameters of the engine in all modes of its operation, from “idle gas” (the launch was stabilized with access to “idle gas”) to the “maximum take-off” mode, and also debugged automatic control systems.

    The PD-8 engine will be used on the imported SSJ-NEW passenger aircraft and on the Be-200 amphibious aircraft. The work involves a wide cooperation of UEC enterprises, the experience of creating the PD-14 engine is actively used.

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    Post  kvs Thu Feb 16, 2023 6:18 pm

    The new engines for the Mi-26 will be based on the PD-8.

    https://www.defensemirror.com/news/32989/Mi_26_Helicopter___s_Engine_to_be_based_on_SSJ_NEW_Airliner___s_PD_8

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    Post  George1 Thu Feb 16, 2023 9:34 pm

    Testing of the Orion-25 ekranoplan





    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/4658674.html

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    Post  Dr.Snufflebug Fri Feb 17, 2023 1:27 am

    I love that. It's kind of "ghetto" still, I suppose built from an An-26 by enthusiasts at the Petrozavodsk shipyard, like the previous one that had an unfortunate accident on the same lake Onega years ago.

    But the concept itself is sound and proven, obviously. Goes without saying, Soviet-era WIGs are legendary, and only disappeared because the state that funded the development of these things disappeared. An engineering marvel like "Lun" is nowadays a rusty whale stranded on a Caspian beach. Sad.

    If these guys' more or less homebuilt machine can live up to the specs they're after, I can however see future investments in it, and a more refined variant later on. The size is more managable than the monsters of old, and there is definitely utility for this kind of craft in the RF.

    But still, can't get over the fact that it is very "ghetto"-looking still. It is an An-26 that's been thrown into a blender. No disrespect to the team behind it.





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    Post  GarryB Fri Feb 17, 2023 7:10 am

    It is a light transport... they can spend billions on a new composite body and similar engine and prop like they did with the AN-2, but then they decided that was too expensive and just made the Baikal and the larger Lagoda to fill the two main roles the An-2 was produced and used for.

    Mostly they are waiting for good engines to be ready and a modern airframe and wings...

    I am really looking forward to the new engines for the Mi-26... and perhaps another helicopter could be built above the Mi-38 and below the Mi-26 in performance... a 12-15 ton payload platform.... maybe even a flying crane perhaps.
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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic Fri Feb 17, 2023 10:35 am

    Kvs wrote:the new engines for the Mi-26 will be based on the PD-8.

    Yes it was already posted earlier here. It makes sense as the D-136 turboshaft was derived from the D-36 turbofan, which was around 6 to7 tons of takeoff thrust.

    Originally it was mentioned that the new engine for the Mi-26 should have been a derivative from the PD-14 (which has more than twice the thrust of the D-36) so it would have needed to be derated and, albeit it would offer better fuel consumption than the original Zaporozhye engine, it would have been heavier).

    Furthermore another useful development of the PD-8 could be a next generation turboprop and or propfan (that could even "replace" the D-27 propfan (originally planned for An-70, carrier capable AWACS aircraft Yak-44, and even some other proposed passenger aircrafts).

    I would be also interested in seeing a nice turboprop or propfan powering a twin engine military cargo in the 15-20 tons payload class.

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    Post  Scorpius Wed Feb 22, 2023 10:09 pm

    Rostec has signed contracts for the production of 71 passenger aircraft and 107 helicopters
    Rostec aircraft companies – UAC and Russian Helicopters – have signed contracts for the production of civil aircraft and helicopters, which will be delivered to operators through leasing companies. By the end of 2025, Aeroflot will receive 63 airliners, including the latest MS-21 and SSJ-NEW. Another 8 import-substituted "Superjets" are planned to be manufactured for Aurora Airlines in 2024-2026. In addition, 107 helicopters will be transferred to carriers within three years.
    https://rostec.ru/news/rostekh-podpisal-kontrakty-na-proizvodstvo-71-passazhirskogo-samoleta-i-107-vertoletov/

    As part of the contracts in 2023-2025, Aeroflot will receive 63 airliners, including 18 MS-21 aircraft, 34 SSJ-NEW aircraft and 11 Tu-214 aircraft manufactured by Rostec United Aircraft Corporation. At the same time, 86 Mi-8AMT/Mi-8MTV-1 rotorcraft will be delivered to 17 Russian airlines, which will be manufactured at the enterprises of the Russian Helicopters Holding Company, which is part of the State Corporation. In turn, the Far Eastern air carrier Aurora will receive 8 SSJ-NEW units in 2024-2026, as well as 10 Mi-171A2 helicopters and 11 Mi-171A3 helicopters.

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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic Mon Feb 27, 2023 11:27 am

    https://simpleflying.com/sukhoi-superjets-stop-using-michelin-tires/

    A lot of bs in this article.

    By the way the former suppliers that sanctioned Russia are illegally causing large problems (and should receive serious punishment from ICAO (international civil aviation organisation, if this was a serious organisation and not a US puppet).

    Furthermore it is not just that Russia is forced to stop using foreign made parts, it is also that it wants to replace them with domestic parts and they are fully capable to do it, it just takes time.


    And it is normal that in the meanwhile they do not want to ground their fleet.


    As far as the modifications they are normal. Some minor modification are actually possible to be done already at airline levels, others, like change of brakes supplier or  other important equipment need testing and approval from the certifying authority, but Russia is perfectly capable to do it on its own safely and has the legal rights to do it.

    As far as the fuel filters, it is not a safety issue to rewash them and reuse them according to the new russian procedure. Of course it is a temporary solution, and creates additional hassles and costs because of additional maintenance procedure and inspections, but it is safe.

    Anyway, the same article has to admit that even with all those issues the superjets are still flying in Russia without problems.

    Still flying strong without much of a hitch
    Even with a delayed timeline for new tires, YaShZ Avia remains confident that the SSJ100s can continue flying strong within Russian airspace today. Albeit, the aircraft flying through the skies now have already had quite a few customizations here and there to keep them in the air.

    From hand-me-down engines to washed and reused fuel filters to having domestically-produced brakes and, soon, domestically-produced tires. However, the number of improvizations highlights how dependent Russia was on foreign spare parts, which was why the country has been preparing to assemble the SSJ-NEW.

    Produced with locally sourced and made equipment and parts, the SSJ-NEW is expected to override the current SSJ100s once certification is completed, with deliveries estimated to start as early as this year-end. After that, production of the SSJ-NEWs is aimed at around 20 aircraft annually, beginning in 2024.



    Bottom line
    With the SSJ100s still expected to continue flying while Russian carriers patiently await the SSJ-NEWs, it does leave room for pondering on which part of the older aircraft will need replacement next.

    And although each improvisation has been well-approved by the relevant authorities, are the SSJ100s still safe to fly in? Hopefully, the answer will always be yes since lives are always at risk.

    They are for sure safer than Boeing 737...

    But possibly on the long run several internal systems in the already built ssj100 will have to be replaced with the new russian ones during major maintenance checks.


    By the way, there was a Michelin plant Davydovo (about 100 km from moscow center), responsible for manufacturing passenger car tires and retreaded truck tires, mainly for the local market.
    I know that this has nothing to do with aircraft tyres, but can the plant be nationalised and used for russian car tyres production?
    https://www.michelin.com/en/press-releases/michelin-suspends-its-industrial-activity-in-russia-as-well-as-its-exportations-to-russia/

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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic Wed Mar 01, 2023 4:27 pm

    https://aviation21.ru/superjet-100-bolshe-ne-budet-schitatsya-rossijskim-samolyotom/

    Interesting possibly of cooperation with UAE.

    Of course this does not affect at all the production of the Russian SSJ-New.

    By the way JSC "Regional Aircraft" - is branch of PJSC "Irkut".
    Possibly the SSJ-New will have a brand new name, maybe something like Yak-142 (while the MC-21 could be Yak-242




    Superjet 100 will no longer be considered a Russian aircraft
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    UAC terminates production and commercial relations with Superjet International and effectively withdraws from the Sukhoi Superjet 100 program in its basic version.


    Mark AB Capital Investments (Mark AB), based in the United Arab Emirates, and the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) signed an agreement under which UAC will transfer to Mark AB a 49% stake in the Superjet International joint venture and, accordingly, its participation in the Superjet 100 project .This is stated inpress release, common SJI.

    “With the implementation of this agreement, the UAC actually withdraws from the Superjet program,” the document says.

    In 2007, the Italian Alenia Aeronautica and the Russian holding Sukhoiset up a joint ventureSuperJet International, headquartered in Venice, 51% owned by Alenia Aeronautica and 49% by Sukhoi. At the end of March 2017, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft JSC acquired 100% of Wing Ned BV, which owns a 41% stake in SuperJet International, for 1 euro. After this transaction, the share of the Russian side in the joint venture SJI amounted to 90%, the Italian aircraft holding Leonardo SpA - 10%.

    The acquisition of SJI shares by Mark AB will be possible only after the approval of the transaction by the Italian and Russian government authorities. The permits will allow the unfreezing of SJI shares and assets that are under EU sanctions. Following such approvals, SJI's new shareholding structure will consist of 49% Mark AB Capital, 41% Studio Guidotti International and 10% Leonardo. The entry of a new shareholder and the unfreezing of shares and assets of SJI are mandatory conditions, without which it is impossible to restart the activities of SJI.

    “This agreement is of great importance to our company, as the termination of industrial and commercial relations with UAC will allow us to no longer be burdened by the restrictions arising from the sanctions rules established by the European Union,” said Camillo Perfido, CEO of SuperJet International.


    The restart plan was developed jointly by SJI and Mark Capital AB and involves an investment of 190 million euros, of which 110 million euros in the Venice facility. The investment will support the development of new Superjet 100 aircraft configurations, the construction of a new SJI subsidiary in the UAE, and the development of aircraft to compete in the global aviation market.

    To support manufacturing business activities, the new corporate structure provides for a gradual increase in specialists to 400 SJI employees in Venice and 800 overall, including a new branch in the UAE. About 110 people currently work in Venice. Before the pandemic and the imposition of sanctions, SJI had 250 employees.

    Projected sales are estimated at a minimum of 240 aircraft in various variants: passenger, business jets and cargo, most of which will be destined for the UAE and Indian markets.

    The plant for the construction of Superjet 100 in the basic configuration is planned to be built at Al Ain International Airport. In Venice, interiors will be developed, aircraft customization, painting, installation of passenger compartments, as well as other works for which the Italian site is responsible.

    At the initial stage of activity, the national base of subcontractors in the aviation industry, available in the UAE, will be used, in particular, for the production of engine parts and aircraft structures.

    Here a similar article from a german website (in German)
    https://www.flugrevue.de/zivil/nicht-laenger-ein-russisches-flugzeug-der-suchoi-superjet-wird-jetzt-arabisch/

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    Post  Kiko Wed Mar 01, 2023 9:42 pm

    Russian airlines surviving sanctions – Bloomberg. 03.01.2023.

    Restrictions targeting the country’s aviation sector have largely failed, the agency claims.

    Sanctions against Russian aviation have led to mixed results but have failed to cause the significant pain to the sector that was expected by Western countries, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing industry analysts.

    The Ukraine-related sanctions forced two of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus, to stop doing business in Russia. At the time, over 40% of the aircraft operating in Russia were owned by foreign lessors, which demanded their property back shortly after the restrictions were introduced.

    However, Russian air carriers are still operating 467 Airbus and Boeing jets versus the 544 a year ago, according to data from researcher Cirium, as cited by the news agency.

    The country’s airlines reportedly keep flying the jets without software updates and other forms of support from Boeing and Airbus. Both manufacturers told the agency that they had stopped providing parts, maintenance or technical support to airlines or maintenance companies in Russia.

    In February, Russian Federal Air Transport Agency head Alexander Neradko said that Boeing and Airbus planes operated by Russian airlines will be able to fly safely until 2030 if properly maintained.

    In an attempt to isolate Russia, the US, EU, and a number of other countries closed their airspace to Russian airlines. However, despite losing many destinations, Russian carriers have reportedly increased the number of flights to Thailand, Türkiye, the United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

    According to Cirium estimates, Russian airports are now served by some 270 international flights daily compared to 300 a year ago.

    At the same time, Russia’s retaliatory measures forced EU and US carriers to make long and expensive detours on flights to Asia. Russian airspace is still open to airlines from nations that opted not to support the sanctions, such as the UAE, which has ramped up service.

    "Clearly the sanctions didn’t work as the West thought they would, and the global aviation industry is a lot leakier than anyone thought,” industry consultant Richard Aboulafia told Bloomberg. “Yes, safety will deteriorate the longer these sanctions go on, but it’s clearly not going to bring connectivity within Russia and from Russia to a grinding halt.”

    https://www.rt.com/business/572263-russia-aviation-survives-sanctions/

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    Post  Kiko Thu Mar 02, 2023 10:25 pm

    The impudence of Europeans will be punished a second time, by Dmitry Bavyrin for VZGLYAD. 03.02.2023.

    It took a year for European airlines to recognize the situation in which the skies of the EU are closed to the Russian Federation as unfair. True, it is unfair, in their opinion, to the Europeans, who are now being squeezed by Chinese carriers. This impudence is a special case of global political processes around China. And these processes are in our favor.

    They say that arrogance is the second happiness. But this, however, is only if the insolent person has a victim, and in the end he achieves his goal. If he gets a rebuff, it is difficult to call it happiness.

    The impudent complaints of European air carriers about the closed skies over Russia have been in the Western media for a long time, but a quote from Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith from a fresh Financial Times material was really widely distributed.

    “Chinese carriers flying over Russia are getting unfair advantages over us,” he told the publication.

    It would seem that it is well known that the advantage (yes, without quotes) of Chinese airlines over European ones stems from the fact that China, unlike the EU countries, did not close the sky for Russian aviation. That is, claims should be made against European governments, for which the absurd task of “isolating Russia” turned out to be more important than the interests of national airlines.

    Those countries that ignored the requirement to “keep Russians out” predictably received an “unfair advantage” (now in quotation marks).

    It seems as if the Europeans hoped that Moscow would simply rub off and not answer them in the mirror. If they really hoped, then how can such people manage at least something that is more complicated than a bathhouse?

    At the same time, it cannot be said that the Eurowings realized it too late. Long-term planning there, apparently, is not the strongest feature, but they realized it just when pressed. China, which started the coronavirus pandemic, began to lift quarantine measures much later than most other countries in the world. In other words, Chinese competitors to Europeans have only recently returned to the international air travel market.

    Geography is heartless: if you need, for example, from Seoul to Paris or, conversely, from Europe to Hong Kong, Chinese flights are much more attractive both logistically and financially than Air France or any other EU airline. Due to the need to fly around Russia, Europeans lose two to three hours, and now this has become critical.

    Apparently, the calculation was that it would be possible to deal with Russia earlier than with the coronavirus.

    It did not work out - and now the Financial Times pleases us with arrogant European whining.

    It pleases. And the point is not at all that European companies are going bankrupt, but we are pleased that our neighbors' cow died when they tried to poison ours.

    Billions of euros are spent on plugging the holes created by the conflict with Russia. So far, these billions are far from being exhausted, so the air carriers, if necessary, will be saved and will gain time for them in the same hope that sooner or later Russia will give up and open its skies.

    It's not even a lesson for the future. There are analogues of Russian morality “do not dig a hole for another - you yourself will fall into it” are in many European languages. And which Europeans did it help?

    It's in China itself. In his heightened self-esteem and painful reaction to external criticism. Especially in conditions when President Xi Jinping, in fact, has been elevated to the rank of great presidents and cannot miss blows from the former oppressors of China (considering the opium wars, unequal treaties, and much more - here, too, you can do without quotes).

    At a time when Western strategists are trying to persuade Beijing to refuse to support Russia in any possible form, the functionaries simply create reasons that irritate the Chinese authorities literally out of the blue. The dragon will remember all this impudence.

    True, here it is necessary to separate the Europeans from the Americans. In the US, the strategists are smarter and more influential, otherwise they would not be able to drag the European Union into an adventure to “contain Russia”, which is in the interests of America, but not of Europe.

    Containment of China is another US project in which they are trying to draw European countries. Again, against their own interests. This, as the VZGLYAD newspaper has already written, is an independent goal of Washington , and, of course, it is counting on the loyalty of the Europeans, who do not need a conflict with the Chinese at all.

    Therefore, the Americans are not afraid to anger the suspicious Beijing. It is possible that they even staked on China's abrupt and ill-conceived steps and now hope to rally the Western world around them more firmly, writing the Russian Federation and China into one caste of "untouchables".

    There is indirect evidence for this. Firstly, the State Department pointedly began work on sanctions against China for cooperation with Russia and insists that the European Union, if necessary, introduce the same restrictions (that is, they do not receive benefits by occupying niches in the Chinese market that are closed to Americans).

    Secondly, FBI Director Christopher Wray suddenly found the time and place to state the following: “The FBI has long believed that the cause of the pandemic is most likely a potential incident in the laboratory in Wuhan.”

    This is the first statement of its kind by high-ranking US officials. In fact - a direct accusation of the PRC either in "criminal negligence", or in biological terrorism. U.S. allies need to understand for themselves that it is Beijing that is responsible for two years of the coronavirus nightmare and multibillion-dollar losses. This can be considered a presentation of a “new global security threat,” as Russia has been talking about for a year now.

    This whole set of attacks - from the whining of air carriers to Wray's revelations - makes the union of Moscow and Beijing uncontested not only for the Russians (now China's support is indeed more important than ever), but also for the Chinese.

    Let’s assume that relations between our states are already “strong as a monolith,” as the head of Chinese diplomacy (not to be confused with the head of the Foreign Ministry) Wang Yi put it during his visit to Moscow, where he was received at the level of Secretary of the Security Council, Foreign Minister and President of the Russian Federation. But there may be different opinions in the leadership of the PRC about how beneficial the quarrel with the West over Russia can be for the PRC.

    No matter how many “Westerners” there are in the Chinese elite (the walls of Comrade Xi’s imperial castle are impenetrable), their shares are now falling, while the influence of conditional “Russophiles” with the platform “we stand together with Russia”, on the contrary, is growing.

    Therefore, let them whine more often in the West, become even more impudent, do not hesitate to flog nonsense. They will not see happiness, because rebuff is assured - from the angry Chinese dragon as well.

    https://vz.ru/world/2023/3/2/1201474.html

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    Post  owais.usmani Fri Mar 10, 2023 8:17 am

    Il-96-400M 001 at VASO from the beginning of March 2023

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    Post  lancelot Fri Mar 10, 2023 12:57 pm

    https://aviation21.ru/v-omske-razrabotali-stanok-dlya-proizvodstva-aviacionnyx-shin-samolyota-ms-21/
    A machine for the production of aircraft tires for the MS-21 aircraft has been developed in Omsk
    10.03.2023

    Omsk engineering company "Policon" has developed a machine for the production of tires for the MS-21 aircraft. They will replace imported Michelin tires on the plane, informs TASS.

    “Today we state that we have completed a large project, development, manufacture and testing of a machine for assembling the second stage of an aviation tire for the MS-21 aircraft. By implementing this project, we are participating in the import substitution program, replacing imported aviation tires for MS-21 aircraft with domestic radial tires,” said Evgeny Cheremnykh, general director of Policon, at the handover of the machine.

    Boris Shalagin, Managing Director of the YaShZ-Avia enterprise, which will produce these products, specified that tires for aircraft are assembled in two stages. First, the carcass is prepared, then a textile breaker (the inner part of the tire), a tread, is applied, and the final assembly is carried out. “The machines of the second stage are specific, they are developed separately for almost every [type] of tire,” he explained.

    According to Cheremnykh, the productivity of the machine is eight tires per hour. “This is not much, but there is another responsibility here, because this is aviation. There must be a stable quality, each element must be identical, and the influence of a human operator must be excluded, ”said the head of Policon.

    He stressed that the work on the creation of the machine was completed ahead of schedule. “Instead of a year, we met it in nine months, because we were given the corresponding task,” Cheremnykh noted.

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    Post  lancelot Wed Mar 15, 2023 10:13 pm

    https://aviation21.ru/aviakompaniyam-vydeleny-sredstva-na-vykup-samolyotov-u-inostrannyx-lizingodatelej/
    Airlines allocated funds to purchase aircraft from foreign lessors
    15.03.2023

    The government is allocating about 300 billion rubles to buy the aircraft of Russian airlines from foreign lessors, Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev said at an expanded meeting of the State Duma Committee on Transport.

    “We are trying to buy aircraft from foreign lessors, we understand this issue well, and the government has already allocated about 300 billion rubles,” the minister said.

    Some of these funds, according to Vitaly Savelyev, have already been used by Aeroflot to buy out 10 long-haul aircraft. In December 2022, the airline reported buying back ten Boeing 777-300ERs. Also, Aeroflot independently bought 18 aircraft from foreign lessors: eight Airbus A330s and 10 Boeing 777s. All of them were used on the basis of a financial lease that is not subject to anti-Russian sanctions. The remaining aircraft in the group's fleet are used under operating lease agreements.

    In total, foreign lessors wanted to withdraw 595 aircraft from Russian carriers, the minister noted. “We would simply not be able to fly,” he stressed. Savelyev estimated the total number of aircraft in the fleet of domestic airlines at 1297 aircraft. The head of the Ministry of Transport recalled that some domestic airlines followed the requirements of foreign lessors and returned aircraft, a total of 75 aircraft.

    Earlier, on March 10, the CEO of the largest leasing company AerCap, Angus Kelly informed that the company was approached by some Russian carriers and their insurers about possible insurance payments for aircraft. But it is too early to say whether it will be possible to carry out the operation. Due to international sanctions, the proposal needs EU and US approval.

    AerCap is the largest lessor in the world. In Russia, he left more than 100 aircraft. Like other leasing companies, AerCap sued its insurers for the loss of aircraft for $3.5 billion under its All Risks policy or $1.2 billion under its War Risks policy if the larger claim is not settled.

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    Airworthiness of aircraft available in Russia can be maintained for ten years
    15.03.2023

    It is possible to maintain the airworthiness of aircraft operated by Russian airlines for about ten years, declared in the State Duma at a meeting of the transport committee, Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev.

    “The average age of the fleet of domestic and imported aircraft that we have in stock is 15 years. This means that we will maintain airworthiness for another 10 years and give our Ministry of Industry and Trade time to develop new ultra-modern models,” he said.

    In total, according to the Minister of Transport, 1,167 aircraft are currently in operation in Russia, and none of them have been “cannibalized,” that is, they have not been completely dismantled for spare parts.

    “We don’t have cannibalization as we assumed. All aircraft are operating normally, we are all provided with spare parts in one way or another. I want to emphasize that these are normal, certified spare parts, it was not done on the knee by someone. Yes, there is complex logistics, there is parallel import, nevertheless, everything works,” added Vitaly Savelyev.

    In November 2022 , it became known that Yakutia Airlines dismantled two out of four Superjet 100 aircraft to non-operational condition. The aircraft did not have Sam146 engines and a number of other key units, out of four SSJ100 at that time two were out of order and were dismantled.

    In February 2023, it was reported that the airline had restored and performed a test flight of one restored SSJ100 aircraft. In particular, the main landing gear was replaced, two SaM146 engines and an auxiliary power unit were repaired.

    In August 2022, the Association of Air Transport Operators (AEVT) sent a letter to Deputy Minister of Transport Igor Chalik, in which he asked to allow airlines to rearrange spare parts from one aircraft to another to maintain the fleet in good condition, and also to legalize the ability to rearrange components between aircraft of different airlines.

    Today, the "cannibalization" of aircraft is limited by federal aviation regulations. They do not provide for the possibility of removing a serviceable component and then installing it on another aircraft. This is contrary to global practice and does not make it possible to flexibly manage the health of the aircraft fleet under sanctions, the AEVT said in a letter.

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    Post  owais.usmani Tue Mar 28, 2023 7:24 pm

    The first of 2 cargo Il-96-400T undergoing restoration.

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    Post  GarryB Tue Mar 28, 2023 11:58 pm


    By the way, there was a Michelin plant Davydovo (about 100 km from moscow center), responsible for manufacturing passenger car tires and retreaded truck tires, mainly for the local market.
    I know that this has nothing to do with aircraft tyres, but can the plant be nationalised and used for russian car tyres production?

    Foreign owned businesses will want to sell up because western theft of Russian money and assets abroad will directly lead to Russia eventually seizing foreign assets in compensation.

    And when seizing foreign assets, do you seize the assets of the food companies who stayed and ignored western sanctions on the moral grounds that food should not be restricted or sanctioned, or companies that came to make money and left just as quickly making deals so they could come back after the west had won and Russia had collapsed.

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    Post  lancelot Wed Mar 29, 2023 7:48 am

    https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/5862770
    03/07/2023
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    Michelin, which was the first foreign tire company to localize production in the Russian Federation, has found a buyer for a plant in Davydovo, which has been idle since the beginning of the crisis. According to Kommersant's sources, the asset will be bought by the distributor of this and other tire brands, Power International Tires LLC. Initially, Michelin intended to sell assets in the Russian Federation to local management, but in its reporting for 2022, it allowed the participation of a third party, announcing ongoing negotiations. The prospective buyer has been importing Chinese brand Hifly tires to Russia since last year, and analysts believe the collaboration could help restart the plant.
    ...
    The capacity of the site is from 1.5-2 million tires per year, mainly for cars. Both summer and winter tires were produced
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    The company estimated the group's impairment loss in the Russian Federation on balance sheet risks at €139 million and another €13 million for the cost of restructuring Fenner's business in the UK, which mainly served the Russian market.
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    The Russian car tire market in recent years has been about 30–40 million units per year. The largest foreign player was Nokian Tires, which is now in the process of selling its plant in Vsevolozhsk with a capacity of 17 million tires per year to Tatneft.
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    Mr. Burmistrov adds that now it is necessary to rebuild supply chains, purchase raw materials and a full-scale launch of production will take at least a year.

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    Post  Mig-31BM2 Super Irbis-E Wed Mar 29, 2023 9:39 pm

    Will the Tu-214 get the Tu-204SM 2 man cockpit now or not?
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    Post  owais.usmani Fri Mar 31, 2023 4:03 pm

    Production of SSJ-NEW (import substituted Superjet-100) at KNAAPO is gaining pace.

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    Post  Dr.Snufflebug Fri Mar 31, 2023 8:20 pm

    The company Aeromax just opened a new 9000sqm factory in Rudnevo for the production of helicopter UAVs. Strictly civilian for the time being (S&R, quick deliveries to remote areas etc).

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    They are already set to expand the facility x3 in the coming years.
    https://vm.ru/news/1042463-sobyanin-soobshil-o-zapuske-proizvodstva-grazhdanskih-bespilotnikov-v-industrialnom-parke-rudnevo

    The Rudnevo "technological park" houses the "Federal Center for Unmanned Aviation Systems" and thus plenty of other UAV developers are active thereabouts too.

    Russia clearly realized they were lagging behind in UAV production and implementation, both in the mil and civ spheres, but is working overtime at rectifying this.

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    Post  owais.usmani Sun Apr 02, 2023 5:22 pm

    http://www.ato.ru/content/aviakompaniya-airbridgecargo-vernetsya-v-nebo-na-samoletah-il-96

    AirBridgeCargo will return to the sky on Il-96 aircraft


    The carrier can receive two cargo Il-96-400T, which previously flew from its bankrupt competitor - Polet airlines


    ATO.ru — Once Russia's largest cargo airline, AirBridgeCargo plans to resume operations this summer on Il-96 cargo planes. The carrier stopped flights in March 2022 after the imposition of Western sanctions against Russian civil aviation.

    The airline announced on March 29 that it was negotiating with Ilyushin Finance, a UAC subsidiary, to lease two Il-96-400T cargo planes. These aircraft were previously operated by the Polet airline and after the latter left the market since 2014, they have been stored at a subsidiary of UAC VASO in Voronezh.

    The press service of the UAC confirmed plans that the details of the agreement are at the stage of agreement.

    AirBridgeCargo expects that after the restoration of airworthiness is completed, the first aircraft (with the number RA-96103) will enter the airline's fleet in June 2023, the second (RA-96101) - in early 2024. The first aircraft was recently seen at VASO already painted in the colors of the customer. However, it does not yet have engines, vertical tail and wingtips.

    The first Il-96-400T flight is planned by the carrier for June 2023 on the Moscow-Beijing route. Subsequently, it will be carried out on a regular basis to ensure uninterrupted air communication between Russia and China, the airline said.

    This is already AirBridgeCargo's second attempt to purchase Il-96 cargo trucks. In 2005, the airline signed a similar contract for two Il-96-400T with Ilyushin Finance, with delivery a year later, but it was not implemented.

    The Il-96-400T is a 9.35 m lengthened version of the base aircraft Il-96-300 ; it is also equipped with four more powerful PS-90A1 engines. AirBridgeCargo noted that the choice in favor of this type was made because, in terms of its operational characteristics, it is close to the cargo Boeing 747, which the airline previously flew, and is capable of transporting a similar range of cargo.

    However, the Il-96-400T is inferior to the American aircraft both in terms of takeoff weight - 270 tons versus 396 tons for the Boeing 747-400F and 447 tons for the most modern modification of the 747-8F - and payload. The Russian aircraft can carry up to 57 tons of cargo, while the Boeing 747-400F - almost 113 tons, and the B-747-8F - 137 tons. In addition, unlike the American aircraft, the Il-96-400T does not have a nose cargo door which speeds up unloading.

    UAC at one time produced only four Il-96-400Ts, which were intended for Polet. Two of them were later converted into special-purpose aircraft by order of law enforcement agencies.

    The restart of air transportation with the Il-96 will help AirBridgeCargo retain its air operator certificate, but will not even close to restore the previous volumes of business. Previously, the carrier operated 17 trucks of the Boeing 747 family and one B-777 freighter. In February 2022, it accounted for more than 40% of all cargo carried by Russian civil aviation. After the Bermuda aviation authorities withdrew the airworthiness certificates from all AirBridgeCargo aircraft in March 2022, the latter did not transfer them to the Russian registry. Last summer, the airline made an attempt to sell its business along with the aircraft of the Emirati cargo airline Etihad Cargo, but the deal did not go through, including due to the fact that AirBridgeCargo owner Alexei Isaikin fell under British sanctions.

    AirBridgeCargo said it was ready to further expand the order to 10 aircraft, "and this will help remove Russia's dependence on Western manufacturers Boeing and Airbus in cargo aviation." It is not entirely clear when UAC will be able to fulfill such an order - the state program for the development of the air transport industry provides that by 2030 the corporation should produce only 12 passenger Il-96-300 . — ATO.ru

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    Post  lancelot Sun Apr 02, 2023 8:16 pm

    Why won't they buy a freight version of the Il-76MD-90 instead then? It would quite likely be available sooner.
    They could simply buy some Il-96 and some Il-76.

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