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Russia plans to adopt programme for aircraft industry development by yearend

October 17, 2012, 23:44 UTC+3

Efforts will focus on a limited number of projects

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MOSCOW, October 17 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian government plans to adopt a programme for the development of the aircraft industry by the end of this year.

“The purpose of the programme is to create a competitive industry. This will be done by solving three tasks. The first one will help create world-class corporations in key segments of the aircraft industry. The second one aims at creating scientific and technological capabilities that will ensure Russia’s leadership in this sector. And the third task calls for creating conditions for improved regulation and support in the industry, development of human resources and promoting domestic aircraft companies in international markets,” Andrei Boginsky, head of the Department of Aircraft Industry in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said after a roundtable hosted by the Public Chamber.

What makes the new draft programme distinct is that it calls for creating “world-class corporations in the industry and conditions for their operation rather than for financing and managing specific projects at the level of ministries”, the expert said.

Efforts will focus on a limited number of projects, including SuperJet-100, MS-21 and the composite wing for civil planes; Mi-38 and Ka-62 helicopters; and the new PD-14 aircraft engine.

The implementation of the programme should allow the industry to increase production 3.3 times by 2025 to 1.6 trillion roubles and increase productivity to the world level (13 million roubles a year per person).

Currently, labour productivity is about 51,000 U.S. dollars per person employed in the aircraft industry, compared to 432,000 U.S. dollars in the United States in 2010.

There are 248 enterprises and more than 400,000 highly qualified jobs in the Russian aircraft industry. Russia’s share in the world market is about 3.4 percent and consists mainly of military planes.

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