Pratt & Whitney, the supplier of engines for Russian advanced MS-21 aircraft, is considering the possibility of localization of production in Russia. The top-priority variant is establishment of the JV with NPO Saturn, RBC Daily reports.
As reported by the CEO of United Engine Corporation (UEC), Vladislav Masalov, “they believe NPO Saturn to be the Russia’s most advanced enterprise. Moreover, they think that NPO Saturn has high-skilled personnel ready to cooperate with the foreign companies. We should be able to accomplish what we have failed to accomplish in Perm».
The official representative of Pratt & Whitney declined to comment the negotiations with NPO Saturn. «The company is considering different variants of cooperation with a number of Russian enterprises, however, no agreements have been reached yet», — the company noted.
Pratt & Whitney has already tried to launch the production of engines in Russia: from late 1990s to September 2011 the American company owned 25,1% of Perm Engine Company’s shares and 25,0613% of Aviadvigatel’s shares. In particular, Pratt & Whitney participated in the development of PS-90A2 engine intended for Tu-204SM aircraft. Pratt & Whitney notified the UEC of impossibility of deliveries of Tu-204SM aircraft powered by PS-90A2 engines to Iran due to the sanctions of the US State Department in 2010.