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MOSCOW, April 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian aircraft engine designers hope to continue cooperation with their partners in Ukraine, Alexander Inozemtsev, the managing director of the country’s major engine producer Aviadvigatel JSC, told the 2014 International Engine Design forum on Wednesday.
“We are not taking into account the consequences of Russia-Ukraine political crisis for now, so we hope our cooperation will continue”, he said, stressing that the recent Russian PD-14 aircraft engine, intended for the passenger liner MS-21, is now being tested with both Ukrainian and Russian combustors.
Traditionally, the industrial facilities in Ukraine’s south-eastern city of Zaporozhye had the richest experience in designing annular low-emission combustors with long life-cycles, Inozemtsev recalled.
“We are now testing two types of combustors, produced in Zaporozhye and at Russia's Aviadvigatel facilities. Then we will choose the best one. However, it is hard to predict, how the current political situation may influence this cooperation”, he said.
The official added that the PD-14 engine was initially designed with assistance from and in cooperation with all Russian engine producers. “Today, no single enterprise does all design work on its own, for it is very costly and economically inefficient. Several producing companies usually set up a joint venture, sign a risks-sharing agreement and distribute the work to be done. As far as this particular engine is concerned, we have formed a joint venture with Ukraine as well”, he concluded.