- Mar 21, 2009
MOSCOW, June 7 (Itar-Tass) --The corporation Irkut on Monday signed a contract with Crecom Burj Resources for the supply of 50 MS-21 planes to Malaysia.
"The sum of the contract is estimated at five billion U.S. dollars," a source close to the negotiations told Itar-Tass.
The first supplies will begin in 2014, he said.
"After that the planes will be leased to air lines," the official said, adding that several Southeast Asian air carriers have already expressed interest in the Russian MS-21 plane.
"The work on the plane is proceeding as scheduled. We have completed the rough design and started working on technical design," Industry and Trade Minister Viktor Khristenko said earlier.
"This is a breakthrough-like product that should enter the global market in 2016-2017 and be 15 percent more efficient than the current offers," he said earlier.
The project was drafted in 2008. In 2009, a tender was held and a contract of about 1.5 billion roubles was signed for the development of the paper vehicle. In 2010, more than five billion roubles will be allocated for this project.
Khristenko believes that the implementation of this project will mean "the creation of a whole range of new technologies, including the so-called black, or composite, wing. A tender for it has been held. The winner is the United Aircraft Corporation".
"Despite challenging financing obligations, we have all the funds for the near future. They have been concentrated and we will strictly stick to them," the minister added.
He said, "We plan to increase the share of civil aircraft on the global market from 1 percent now to 10 percent in 2020, and we have the opportunity to fulfil this ambitious task."
MS-21 planes will have a wider body for the comfort of passengers. They will have a better wing sweep to increase safety during landings and takeoffs. The wings will be a bit thicker in order to take on mire fuel, which will allow the planes to travel greater distances.
All these factors will negatively affect aerodynamic properties of the planes. "This makes the success of the scientists who have improved this crucial property of any aircraft all the more important," Zhukovsky Central Aerodynamic Institute (TsAGI) Director Sergei Chernyshev said.
MS-21 Programme Director Andrei Matveyev said, "Increasing aerodynamic properties of a plane even by 1 percent over several years is considered to be a big achievement."
He said the new design would reduce operating costs by 12-15 percent as compared to that of existing foreign counterparts and give additional competitive advantages to the new plane.
The Yakovlev Design Bureau is the principal designer of the MS-21 plane. It is working under the federal programme "Development of Civil Aircraft in Russia". The state contractor is the Ministry of Industry and Trade.