Possible reproduction of Ruslan

According to the contract of the presidents of governments of Russia and Ukraine in September they will sign protocol on establishing joined company for production of unique plane “Ruslan” AN -124.

It is the word about the plane which can, along with total weight at taking off of 400 tones, transfer up to 150 tones on the distance of more than3 000 km.

However, production and sale of such big plane represent politically sensitive issue, so the experts consider that it is possible to talk about real start of production of this planes only with the firm contracts, and on the filed big problems are possible. Apart from that, both sides must harmonize and to who they can deliver such plane, because Russia would, accept the delivery to India, but very hardly to China, and majority of countries doesn’t need such plane, while commercial plane companies currently can not afford significant increase in costs of summer hour due to increased price of “Ruslan”, so they can not buy those planes.

The most realistic project- production of planes An-124 injoined company with reasonable investments from both sides would be realized in the way that the contribution ofUkraineside to joined company is technological base and innovation component, and Russian. Financial component and market for final product. The suggestion ofUkraineside supported by Russians as well, is starting of pilot-project plane production An-124 inorder to see how it would function, and then transfer into wide cooperation in view of other planes as well: travel and planes for special purposes.RussiaandUkrainedecided even in year 2006 to start production inUlyanovskplane factory “Aviastar SP” from2012 inthe value of one or two planes a year, and first deliveries should arrive to customers in year 2013.Then it was estimated that the price of new plane An-124 would be 150-160 million dollars. The buyer for 3 planes is found and it was Ministry of defenceRussian Federation, and 40 more planes company “Volga-Dnepr”.Among potential buyers for planes “Ruslan” are mentionedUnited Arab EmiratesandKuwait. But nothing was accomplished.

“The agreement at any level on the further production is possible, but concrete reconstruction of production depends on firm contracts on sale of planes, and here the problems night occur”, said the director of analytical services of agency  “AviaPort” Oleg Pantelejev. He warns that the price of 150 million dollars, determined  few years ago- today is “unreasonably low” according to the expenses of starting of production and finding of suppliers for parts, components and the rest. So he thinks that state budget will hardly be able to carry out whole investment. In the state program on armament it is  formally expected on reconstruction of production of “Ruslan” but till 2018 the priority is total reconstruction and modernization of existing aircrafts.

“Ruslan” An-124 was developed in year1982 instate company “Antonov” (USSR,Ukraine). Versions An-124 and An-124-100M-150 were produced inKievand Uljanovsk (Russia) till 1995.In plane base near Brjansk there is certain number of planes which are not in flying condition.

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