Russian experts visited several Indian companies to explore the possibility of using their production capacities to manufacture the Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ100) passenger aircraft, Yuri Slyusar, CEO of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), announced at a press conference during the Aero India-2015 Exhibition in Bangalore.
The Sukhoi Superjet-100 is Russia’s short-haul passenger airliner, designed to carry up to 98 passengers at a distance of approximately 4,400 kilometers. The aircraft made its first flight in May 2008, and started flying in commercial operations in 2011.
“We came to India to see what we could do within the country’s ‘Make in India’ program, in terms of the (SSJ100) project. Moreover, our experts have already visited several Indian companies for an audit of their technological capabilities, and they were pleasantly surprised by the levels they saw,” said Mr. Slyusar.
He noted that the SSJ100 – “is a world-class product, and it is possible to produce it in enterprises in India, which are quite competitive, in terms of technology and costs.”
As of today, several national aviation bodies have certified the SSJ100, including the IAC AR, EASA, Mexican, Lao and Indonesian authorities. The largest operator using these aircraft in Russia is the Aeroflot Company.
First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.
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