Sanctions against Russia imposed by USA and EU will not affect the production plans of Sukhoi Holding Company in terms of production of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft by Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant, President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Mikhail Pogosyan, said at an airshow dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the enterprise, ITAR-TASS reports. The company plans to increase the output at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant.
“I can’t say that the sanctions will not affect our production plans at all. Of course there will be certain problems due to restrictions on foreign markets. But this is an indirect impact instead of a direct one”, - Mikhail Pogosyan said.
“We have a broad long-standing cooperation in the network of Sukhoi SuperJet 100 project. We have no reason to expect any delays or refusals from our partners”, - the president of UAC said. According to Pogosyan, last year the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant manufactured 25 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 (SSJ100) liners, this year the enterprise will manufacture 40 ones and 50 more jets of the type – in 2015.
“We are going to increase the output”, - Pogosyan said.
He added that successful operation of SSJ 100 jets in Mexico has a positive impact on market conditions in Latin America and other countries of the world. Several contracts for delivery of SSJ 100 liners will be signed this year.
“We see some positive impact on the market conditions. First of all, this is the result of successful operation of SSJ 100 aircraft in Mexico. High flight time and positive responses from pilots, airlines’ personnel and passengers”, - Mikhail Pogosyan said. According to his forecasts, a number of contracts for delivery of SSJ 100 jets to Latin America and other countries of the world may be signed this year. This refers to deliveries scheduled for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 liners should be delivered to Interjet (Mexico). The contract with the Mexican carrier also includes an option for 10 more vehicles of the type. Interjet was the first Latin American airline to purchase SSJ 100 jets. In 2013 4 Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft were delivered to Mexico; 11 more jets should be delivered in 2014. In July Mikhail Pogosyan said that negotiations on delivery of 10 more jets of the type to the Mexican customer have been completed.
In addition, Pogosyan said that Sukhoi Holding Company and Indian airframers are starting the development of a multi-role transport aircraft.
“We are discussing further implementation of the project and we are going to start the development soon”, - Pogosyan noted.
He also added that design feasibility study was completed in 2013; however, the parties need to agree on the project schedule.
The multi-role transport aircraft is being developed in the network of an intergovernmental agreement between Russia and India. It is designed for transportation and airdrop of cargo and troops, medevac and special operations. It will replace An-12 medium military-transport aircraft. The jet’s maiden flight was scheduled for 2016.
Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a medium-haul passenger aircraft. A total of 68 jets of the type have been manufactured (7 of them are prototypes and test aircraft). 41 jets have been delivered to customers. The aircraft is manufactured by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company at Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation plant in cooperation with Thales, PowerJet, B/E Aerospace and other suppliers. More than 50% of the jet’s components are delivered by foreign suppliers.