As the primary foundation upon which Russia’s United Aircraft Corp has been built, Sukhoi remains the strongest of the Russian manufacturers. The company’s success is due to two programs: one civil aircraft, the Sukhoi Superjet 100; and one military, the Su-35 fighter. Continue reading
United Aircraft Corporation is ever so slowly coming into its own. Following its formation, the firm struggled to combine the disparate entities and Russia’s aerospace industry into a cohesive whole. While the firm still has a way to go, it has made substantial progress.
With the conflict in Ukraine, UAC has pulled back on its international defense marketing to a degree – at least to new customers. Instead, the company is focusing on its nascent commercial programs, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the under-development Irkut MC-21.
With the announcement of the first export order for the Tikhomirov-NIIP Irbis multimission radar, Russian officials can now breathe a little easier. The deal is part of a larger, $2 billion contract with China for 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters and mission systems. Through economy of scale, this deal will lower the radar’s lifetime acquisition and fielding costs. Continue reading