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UAC BECOMING MORE INTERNATIONAL
United Aircraft Corporation increasing opportunities for direct cooperation at world market
United Aircraft Corporation of Russia (UAC), which
under one company represents the most well-known
Russian aviation brands such as Sukhoi, MiG, Tupolev,
Yakovlev and others, is today one of the world's
biggest manufacturers and suppliers of aircraft. In
December 2016 as part of an effort to expand foreign
presence UAC was given a military-dedicated foreign
trade license to be implemented on a direct basis.
The military-dedicated foreign trade license has been
issued by Federal Service for Military and Technical
cooperation. This will help UAC improve maintenance
and repairs of all Su, MiG, Il, Yak and Tu aircraft
previously delivered abroad.
Thanks to the success of its products UAC is one of
the world's leading aircraft manufacturers. UAC's
revenues have been lately growing on average more
than 20% per year. Sukhoi Superjet 100 civil airliners,
Sukhoi and MiG fighter families, Yak-130 operational
trainers are among the most popular aircraft exported
The document received by UAC is to much more
simplify foreign market procedures, which is good
news for present-day and future UAC's partners
Alongside with the right for direct maintenance and
repairs of the equipment previously delivered abroad,
the document also specifies UAC's capabilities to
upgrade such equipment and train foreign personnel
to maintain and repair UAC products. Besides, the
license authorizes UAC to establish joint ventures
abroad which can maintain and repair aircraft.
The license enables UAC to proceed to coordinated
efforts in this area, developing a single enterprise
after-sale service system based on current experience
and ensure the most efficient activities at markets
where several UAC brands are present.
The new capabilities confirm there is a steadily
growing demand for UAC aircraft. Moreover,
operational reliability and competitive prices become
increasingly significant. In this regard there is a
reasonable increase of export of Russian aircraft
having better reliability, up-to-dateness and well-
balanced prices both for airplanes and their further
According to experts, it is Russian aircraft which
in terms of life-cycle cost appear today as the most
attractive in international markets.
India has been for many decades a key foreign partner
of Russia involved in aircraft among other things.
Cooperation between the two countries is dedicated
to military and civil aircraft supply, co-designs and
establishing joint venture network under the ambitious
Make in India program.
MiG-29K/KUB, MiG-29UPG, Su-30MKI fighters,
A-50 AWACS are among some of the large-scale
cooperation projects. Moreover, it is a case of very
large contracts. Thus, Su-30MKI program involves
almost 300 planes, both supplied as ready aircraft and
assembly sets that were later assembled in India.
The most important joint aircraft-building programs
being currently at various progress stages include
Su-30MKI licensed production, repairs and upgrade,
Indian Air Force MiG-29 upgrade, Indian Navy ship-
based MiG-29K/KUB technical support as well as fifth
generation fighter (FGFA) development program.
Meanwhile supplies of Russian aircraft are rather
multi-faceted. Thus, in previous May in Goa an official
ceremony was held to field the 300th squadron of
Indian Navy with new Russian-made MiG-29K fighters
which replaced outdated British Sea Harriers. It is
worthwhile to mention that all ordered planes have
been already delivered.
Ship-based MiG-29K are multifunctional '4++'
aircraft designed to accomplish naval air defense
missions, gain air supremacy, kill above-water and
ground targets with smart munitions day and night,
in any weather. The planes have improved highly
composite airframe, quad redundant integrated digital
fly-by-wire control system, significantly reduced
radar signature, increased fuel volume and delivered
ordnance, open architecture avionics.
UAC places big stakes on supplying fighter planes
given that many countries plan to have their aircraft
fleets upgraded. Among the most world popular
planes is Yak-130 operational trainer which has
been already delivered and being delivered to many
countries. This is a top-class aircraft. It can be
upgraded as a light fighter or close support plane
which is highly demanded by Indian Air Force and can
also be of interest to a number of countries in the Asia
Su-35 received excellent service records during anti terrorist campaign in Syria.
MiG-35 is a multirole frontline fighter of 4++ generation
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