Foreign interest increases in Russian planes

This week we reported on how Russia plans to step up the use of local aircraft in its national fleets. However, it is not just domestic airlines that are keen to get their hands on domestically produced planes. Rostec, the group behind the Russian aerospace industry, said foreign markets are increasingly interested in domestic production.

Russian planes are arousing the interest of aeronautical scenes in several countries around the world. Photo: Sumit Singh | Simple theft

A close-up view

At MAKS-2021 in Moscow this week, Simple Flying had the chance to see Rostec’s productions live. Models such as the Irkut MC-21, Sukhoi Superjet 100 and Ilyushin Il-114 were on display.

During the event, Victor Kladov, Director of International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department of Rostec, told us about the future of the commercial aviation scene. Along with domestic growth, there have been inquiries from abroad.

Irkout MC-21
The MC-21 is expected to make its commercial debut next year. Photo: Sumit Singh | Simple theft

A holistic approach

The interest is not only linked to the purchase of the aircraft. There have been requests to get involved in the production of the MC-21.

“We are currently seeing interest from many foreign countries. Iran, Pakistan, India and Malaysia. Many, many countries ”, Kladov said Simple Flying.

“Turkey has offered a joint production. They wanted to be part of the assembly and production line.

Kladov added that Rostec has close ties with many foreign companies in the aviation sector. For example, the French aerospace plant Safran supplies engine equipment for Rostec planes and helicopters. The two companies have joined forces to form PowerJet, an engine team that works on projects such as the production of SaM146 engines. This is a power unit that is deployed on the Sukhoi Superjet.

Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet
More modern Russian planes are joining the nation’s airline fleets, but could we see more international carriers adopting these types this decade? Photo: Getty Images

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Beneficial collaborations

The progress of the program between the French and Russian aeronautical groups is not only at first glance. The duo work on materials and equipment that can be found throughout the aircraft.

“Safran offered up to 70 different parts for the MC-21 cabin. We use the production of many European companies for the cockpit ”, Kladov explained.

“Radiocommunication, avionics and fire extinguishing equipment displays. So we have many suppliers, who work closely with Russian companies.

Overall, Kladov concludes that many countries want to see the plane. However, Russia must first of all match its own businesses with its new commercial constructions. Thus, from 2022, Russian airlines will receive deliveries of the MC-21. Then, once the ball is started, Russia will start exporting the type by the end of the decade.

What do you think of the recent interest in Russian planes from overseas markets? What do you think of Rostec’s collaborations with the aviation industry at large? Let us know what you think of the outlook in the comments section.

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