MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. The United Engine Corporation (UEC) is to produce 521 engines for combat aircraft by the end of the year, the company’s general director Vladislav Masalov told a press-conference on Tuesday.
"In 2015, UEC plans to produce 521 engines for combat air forces," - he said.
In particular, Malsov said that by the end of the year the company will ship 60 engines for the helicopters of the Russian Air forces.
"Two enterprises of UEC are building VK-2500 engines for the army air force. In March, first engines, assembled from Russian components passed qualification tests. Transfer of documentation was organized on the enterprises of UEC. The first 60 VK-2500 engines will be ready this year and in future there will be an increase in production," - Maslov said.
In June, at the air show in Le Bourget Maslov said that the production of VC-2500 in Russia will be gradually built up. This will be done to eliminate the dependence of Russian helicopters on imports from Ukraine’s Motor Sich company, he said.
On Tuesday, Maslov said that UEC is still interested in maintaining cooperation with the Motor Sich company on engines for civil helicopters. "We are interested in cooperation with Ukraine. We stand for preserving the relations, but now it is a political issue," - he said.