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Aviation Takes Off With $28Bln

Published: May 23, 2014 (Issue # 1812)



  • The government hopes Russia will become one of the top three aircraft manufacturers by 2025.
    Photo: Vladimir Filonov / Fotoimedia

The government plans to funnel $28 billion into Russias aviation industry in order by 2025 to haul Russia up into the worlds top three aircraft manufacturers, according to an industry support plan unveiled last week.

Under the program, designed by Industry and Trade Ministry plan and approved by the cabinet, the government will invest 714 billion rubles ($20.5 billion) of state funds into the aviation industry through 2025, while a further 277 billion rubles ($7.9 billion) are to come from private pockets, according to a document published on the ministrys website.

Over 3,000 airplanes and 5,500 helicopters should roll off production lines between 2013 and 2025, the plan said.

The goal is to increase Russias global market share of civil aircraft production to 3.2 percent in 2025 from 0.6 percent in 2011. In the civil helicopter industry, the program seeks to elevate the countrys share over the period to 12 percent from just over 6 percent; in aircraft engines to 1.4 percent from 0.4 percent. By 2025, Russia should be making almost 13 percent of the worlds military aircraft engines, up from the current 6.7 percent.

Russia will have to compete with established Western producers in order to meet those targets. The top three civil aircraft producers are currently France-based Airbus, U.S. Boeing and Canadas Bombardier. The big names in military aircraft industry are Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and EADS, all but the last coming from the U.S.

If the government thinks that Russias civil aviation will be able to seize a bigger share of the market, Russian-made military airplanes sales will lose ground to foreign competitors. The ministrys program foresees aircraft sales falling to just under 11 percent of the global market from 17 percent in 2011. Military helicopter sales will slip to 16.5 percent from almost 23 percent in 2011.

The program also envisages development of a sound scientific base for researching aircraft technology and aims for Russia to seek further participation in international aviation research initiatives.





 


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Friday, Oct. 31


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Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the citys elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolans latest film Mommy at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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