UAC Considers Projects Beyond MS-21 Narrowbody

By Jens Flottau jens_flottau@aviationweek.com, Graham Warwick . graham_warwick@aviationweek.com .

Russia’s ambitions in civil aerospace are met with skepticism around the world. But with the Sukhoi Superjet in the early phase of revenue service and the MS-21 narrowbody in the midst of development, state-owned United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) is looking at further projects: a 130-seat jet and a new widebody venture. Neither project is anywhere near certain, but the fact that UAC is even talking about aircraft beyond what it is developing shows the ambitions of the Russian aerospace sector. Government funding will ultimately determine whether the projects will come to pass. Although aerospace has enjoyed backing as a strategic sector, President Vladimir Putin has often voiced frustration over its slow progress ...

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