Russian Technologies State Corporation offered Bombardier (the world’s third largest airframer) to establish a joint venture (JV) for manufacturing the aircraft, Vedomosti reports with reference to the CEO of Russian Technologies, Sergey Chemezov.
The State Corporation suggested establishing the JV on parity basis. Russian Technologies is ready to invest about $100 million; it is planned to locate the enterprise in the Ulyanovsk-based free economic zone.
Russian Technologies is not the only corporation offering cooperation to Bombardier. The Deputy Minister of Transport, Yuri Slusar, said last autumn that Bombardier and Russian Machines have been discussing the possibility of launching the production of Bombardier Q-400 at Samara-based Aviakor. The liner’s capacity is up to 78 seats, range — up to 2500 km; the list price of the upgraded version is about $30 million.
A source close to one of the parties says that the negotiations are in progress with both Russian Technologies and Russian Machines. According to the source, the Canadian airframer is analyzing different variants.
According to Vedomosti, Russian companies will need about 100-120 such aircraft during the period until 2020. On this basis, most likely, Russian partner will be responsible for maturation of so-called “green” aircraft (cabin installation, installation of new engines and, probably, assembly of the wings).