Russia ensures a strong presence at the Singapore Airshow this year as United Aircraft Corporation brings the Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional aircraft and the Yak-130 advanced jet trainer. UAC embodies the merger of Soviet-era legacy Russian aerospace giants into a single, vertically integrated corporation.
According to UAC president Mikhail Pogosyan, UAC rolled out 128 military and commercial aircraft in 2013. These results, revealed for the first time in an interview with ShowNews, reflect a 25% gain from the previous year, when 102 aircraft were manufactured in Russia. Russia’s aircraft output has been increased almost by 2.5 times since 2007.
“Taking into account this development pace, achieved results, significant investments in new technologies and retooling, as well as our current backlog for 700 military and commercial aircraft, we can quite confidently forecast stable growth in the main business segments,” Pogosyan says, adding that the corporate priority is balanced development.
Defense deliveries grew about 21% in 2013 while civil deliveries grew by 43%, he says. Military production continues to dominate at UAC, but the manufacturer assembled 33 commercial planes last year, including 25 of the new SSJ 100 jets. “This is, by the way, more than 20% of all global deliveries of 100-seat-class jets,” Pogosyan points out.
“We may not beat the record in absolute figures, but our growth dynamic of the past years, despite the difficult economic environment, proves that we are on the right track,” he says.
Pogosyan says that further integration within the UAC framework calls for creation of four product divisions – for combat, commercial, transport and special aviation. The basic structure will be complemented by multi-program centers of excellence that will allow sharing of technologies between all of UAC’s programs. “This will allow us to cut the excessive expenses and to overcome fragmentation inherited from the Soviet industrial model,” he says. “The world is changing and we can’t but adapt to the new economic realities.”
The corporation wants to triple production volumes by 2025. Labor productivity is to be boosted sevenfold and program costs cut by 25%. These goals coincide with the launch of new products, Pogosyan says.
UAC is at Stand J39 and Chalet CD41.