Ruslan late for repairs
Aviastar can not get permission for him to "Antonov"
In the Ulyanovsk aviation plant Aviastar-SP have problems with the renewal permit Ukrainian "Antonov" for the repair of aircraft An-124 Ruslan. The current contract expires in December. According to experts, the Ukrainian side is trying to do better for themselves the conditions of the restoration of the AN-124 in Russia. But the decision has also not accepted, then how to repair the AN-124 against a possible discontinuation of aircraft "Tu", may remain the only job for Aviastar.
As the "Y", scheduled for October 26 to sign a new contract between Ukrainian state corporation "Antonov" and "Aviastar-SP (included in the United Aircraft Corporation, KLA) has broken. The contract refers to the right of the Ulyanovsk plant to repair aircraft An-124 Ruslan, intellectual property, which belongs to the "Antonov". The draft treaty was to identify any new conditions of interaction, or to extend the current document (a copy of the minutes of the Committee of the Russian-Ukrainian Interstate Commission, which is discussed above, is available to the "b"). The term of the contract concluded in 1999, expires on December 31.
But was submitted to the Committee meeting held on 27 October, the option contract was not signed, although the documents were reviewed at the meeting. Reasons for delays signing parties do not disclose, however, argue that until the end of the year, all documents will be agreed. "Most likely, we extend a licensing agreement with Aviastar-SP" - said "Y" head "Antonova, Dmitry Kiva .- conflict between us, there is some debate, but it is a normal business process. We sent them to his version the contract. "
A source in the KLA believes that "Antonov" awaits decision on whether the renewed production of "Ruslan" on Aviastar (KLA leadership earlier estimated amount needed to run the investment program of $ 1 billion). In November 2009, President Dmitry Medvedev instructed the government "that the draft state armaments program through 2020 creation of 20 upgraded An-124, as well as to assist the KLA in the promotion of the products in domestic and foreign markets." But the armament program has not yet been adopted. According to the minutes of the meeting of the Subcommittee on Cooperation in the field of aviation industry of the Russian-Ukrainian interstate commission, Russia sends Ukraine forecast production of AN-124 by mid-November.
If the issue of "Ruslan" in the short term will not be renewed, said the source of Kommersant with the KLA, "Antonov" may amend the provisions of the treaty by introducing a fee from Aviastar for permission to carry out repairs. If the Antonov An-ban repairs 125 per Aviastar, it threatens to stop the plant: last week, President Alexei Fyodorov, UAC said that the release program aircraft "Tu", which are made in Ulyanovsk, will be closed.
Russia now has 14 Antonov An-124 operated by commercial companies (a group of Volga-Dnepr and Polet), and 24 - Ministry of Defense. According to expert estimates, repair and maintain the airworthiness of a commercial An-124 cost about $ 3.5 million per year. Terms of repairing military aircraft were not disclosed.
Head of Analytical Services Agency AviaPort Oleg Panteleyev no doubt that the treaty will be concluded. But, he explains, concerns about the Russian and Ukrainian aircraft builders association aviation industry issues between the two countries leads to the fact that the specific solutions needed for actual projects slowed. The head of the consulting company Infomost Boris Rybak believes that the closer the time of resumption of production, the stronger parties to defend their interests. "Three or four years ago, the issues of existing treaties no one cared," - he said. But now, the expert adds, "Antonov" aircraft as a developer, wants to secure maximum advantage, and the signing of these documents makes it possible to solve such problems.
Yelena Sinitsyn, Alexander Panchenko