Sunday, August 16, 2009

Contracts for the supply of Russian fighter Sukhoi yield nearly $ 3billion

Contracts for the supply of fighter aircraft "Sukhoi" totaling nearly 3 billion dollars will be the main result of opening August 18, MAKS-2009 air show.This will be the largest supply of aircraft for all post-Soviet period.

The current crisis is not the best time to enter into contracts for the supply of civil aircraft in the open Max, confessed to reporters, Minister of Trade and Industry Viktor Khristenko, but this year for the first time was able to negotiate with the military on the procurement of large quantities of aircraft, writes the newspaper "Vedomosti".

The first customer of modern Russian fighter Su-35 military aircraft will be Russia. State Contract for the supply of up to 2015, 48 Su-35 fighters, four Su-30M2 and 12 Su-27cm ready for signing during the MAKS-2009 air show in Zhukovsky, a newspaper said a senior Defense Ministry official.

This is confirmed by the manager of the Joint engine Corporation, a subsidiary of the factory which produces engines for the fighters, as well as the manager of the company manufacturing them airborne equipment. Official representatives of Sukhoy of Russia and the Air Force refused to comment, said the publication.

The cost of one Su-35 - more than 40 million dollars, and Su-27 and Su-30 - more than 30 million dollars, but also by machines will be purchased and additional equipment with weapons, so the total contract value will reach 3 billion dollars, the Center evaluates expert analysis Strategies and Technologies, Konstantin Makiyenko.

Fixed price for the Su-35 will be set shortly, but in general, with a preliminary estimate of the transaction in 3 billion dollars, led "Official" opinion of the Ministry of Defense officials.

On the possibility of an additional procurement for the Air Force "over 60" new fighter aviation production in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where do Su-27/30 plan to collect the Su-35, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in May after a visit to that factory.

And in early July, already head the Air Force Zelina Alexander referred to the early signing of a five-year State Contract for the supply of two regiments of Su-35 (48 machines on the current state). The contract was prepared in record time, notes the official military.

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