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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aviation Body to Make 4,500 Airplanes by 2025

Itar-TassRubtsov and Livanov at United Aircraft Corporation's meeting Wednesday.
The head of the Unified Aircraft Corporation, a government-controlled holding company that unites all the country's aviation firms, said Wednesday that the industry planned to produce about 4,500 aircraft worth approximately $250 billion by 2025.

"By 2025, we plan to boost output of military aircraft by 4 1/2 times, and production of civilian aircraft by 27 times," Alexei Fyodorov said at a news conference.

The heads of all the country's major aviation plants making up the UAC also attended Wednesday's meeting, including Ilysuhin president Viktor Livanov and the general director of Ilyushin's leasing company, Alexander Rubtsov.

The meeting was a curtain raiser for the Ninth Moscow Aviation and Space Show, MAKS 2007, which will open at the Zhukovsky airfield outside Moscow on Aug. 21.

The current ratio of military to civilian aircraft produced in Russia, which currently stands at 7-to-1, will change to 2-to-1 in favor of civilian production by 2025, Fyodorov said.

"This year we plan to produce 300 civilian planes, 100 cargo aircraft and 100 military planes," he said.

Production of cargo planes, which declined strongly in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, will increase 40-fold, though the turnover in this sector will reach a modest $2 billion by 2025, Fyodorov said.

Such ambitious growth will require annual government investment of about 6 billion rubles ($240 million) into the country's aviation industry, he added.

While Sukhoi's much vaunted Superjet-100 will remain the UAC's pet project in the medium-haul civilian aircraft sector for next several years, it is the bigger MS-21 civilian aircraft, the production of which is slated to begin in 2015, that will put the country's aviation industry on a par with international giants like Boeing and Airbus, top aviation makers said at Wednesday's meeting.

Oleg Demchenko, head of jet-fighter maker Irkut, which took the lead in the development of the MS-21, said a UAC expert commission approved the project Tuesday.

Mikhail Pogosyan, head of the Sukhoi aviation company, said the contract portfolio for Superjet-100 now counted 71 firm orders and an option for 15 more planes.

Pogosyan added that more orders would be signed at next week's MAKS 2007 show.

Fyodorov said UAC signed contracts worth $1 billion at Le Bourget air show in France in June, adding that he expected no less than that to be ordered from the Russian aviation firm at MAKS 2007.