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Irkut supplies more Yak-130 planes to Russian Air Force in 2013 than planned

December 25, 2013, 23:25 UTC+3 KOMSOMOLSK ON AMUR
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KOMSOMOLSK ON AMUR, December 25, 22:02 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s aircraft corporation Irkut supplied more Yakovlev-130 planes to the Air Force in 2013 than was initially planned.

“The Irkutsk Aviation Plant met this year’s target figures for Yak-130 planes and even supplied two planes for 2014 ahead of schedule,” Air Force Commander, Lieutenant-General Viktor Bondarev said on Wednesday, December 25.

In 2013, Irkut supplied 18 Yak-130 planes to the Air Force, bringing its deliveries to 42.

Irkut also fulfilled its contractual obligations to supply Su-30SM multirole jet fighters.

The Su-30SM has been developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau for the Russian Air Force and is an advanced version of the Su-30MK combat aircraft family. The Su-30MK series fighters are in service with the Algerian Air Force, Indian Air Force, Indonesian Air Force, People's Liberation Army Air Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force, Ugandan Air Force, Venezuelan Air Force and Vietnam People's Air Force.

The Su-30SM fighter is manufactured by Irkut. The first Su-30SM fighter made its maiden flight in September 2012.

The multirole Su-30SM can be used in counter-air strikes, counter-land and counter-sea missions. It can conduct electronic counter-countermeasures and early warning tasks. The aircraft also acts as a command-and-control platform within a fleet of combat aircraft performing joint missions.

The Russian Defense Ministry and Irkut, a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation, have signed a supply contract for 30 Su-30SM fighter aircraft. “Under the contract, Irkut Corporation will build 30 planes of this type for Russia’s Ministry of Defense by 2015,” a Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Irkut delivered the first two Su-30SM fighters to the Russian Air Force in November 2012. The first batch of aircraft is expected to be delivered by 2015.

The Su-30SM is capable of carrying an advanced weapons payload weighing up to eight tonnes. The aircraft can be armed with a machine gun, bombs, air-to-air missiles, and supersonic anti-ship and land attack missiles.

Irkut has incorporated a number of prominent design and manufacturing companies such as Irkutsk Aviation Plant, Beriev Aircraft Company, Yakovlev Design Bureau, BETA AIR Company, and some others.

In March 2004, for the first time in the history of Russian aircraft and military equipment production, the corporation successfully placed 23.3 percent of its shares (IPO) at an open stock exchange for domestic, and foreign, private and institutional investors. In November 2006, Irkut became a part of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).

The corporation employs over 14,000 professionals, involved in design, manufacturing, sales, and after-sales support of a wide range of high-tech products. The current order book of Irkut is the largest in the aircraft industry and amounts to 6 billion U.S. dollars. Over 5 years company’s income had doubled and came to more than 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2010 and 2011. Irkut’s share in Russia’s arms export comes to 15 percent.

Irkut’s main products are combat aircraft of the Su-30 family. The corporation is a prime contractor in manufacturing the Su-30MKI multi-role fighters for the Indian Air Force. Under a product diversification programme, the corporation develops and manufactures the Yak-130 combat training aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and components for Airbus passenger airliners. In recent years Irkut has launched a programme to develop the new passenger airliner MC-21.

The MS-21 programme is a project launched by the United Aircraft Corporation. Irkut is the principal contractor.

Russia’s new MS-21 passenger plane will go on its maiden flight in the middle of 2015.

Eighty-five planes will be supplied to Russian Technologies. Of those 50 will go to Aeroflot (with Pratt & Whitney engines) and the remaining 35 (with PD-14 engines) to other Russian airlines where the federal government has a large participatory interest.

Negotiations are underway to supply MS-21 planes to foreign airlines. About 50 percent of the plane will be made of composite materials.

MS-21 planes will have a wider body for the comfort of passengers. They will have a better wing sweep to increase safety during landings and takeoffs. The wings will be a bit thicker in order to take on more fuel, which will allow the planes to travel greater distances.

The Yakovlev Design Bureau is the principal designer of the MS-21 plane. The state contractor is the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The MS-21 aircraft has been developed on the basis of Yak-242 type by the Yakovlev Design Bureau in association with the llyushin Aviation Complex. The MS-21 airplane has been readily embraced by the aircraft market since it meets all the requirements and can compete against similar Boeing and Airbus aircraft, outdoing them in price, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.

The MS-21 aircraft is to replace all models of Tu-154B and Tu-154M aircraft as well as Yak-42 in Russia. It is planned to build around 600 aircraft of the MS-21 family within 20 years, with an annual production rate of 30 to 36 machines.

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