Russia starts production of 20 Tu-214 aircraft

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The Russian company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) launched the production of 20 long-range narrow-body Tu-214 aircraft.

Speaking to the Russian News Agency TASS on April 6, 2022, UAC Director General Yuri Slyusar confirmed that domestically-made Tu-214 aircraft will replace foreign-made Boeing and Airbus passenger planes. The company also plans to accelerate the pace of mass production in the near future.

The company will also increase production rates for two other Russian-made aircraft – the long-range Ilyushin Il-96 and the Soviet-era, four-wheel-drive fixed-wing Ilyushin Il-76. turbofan strategic airlifter.

The impact of international sanctions has raised many questions about how Russia can keep its planes in the air. Both Boeing and Airbus have suspended support for planes operated by Russian airlines, including stopping the supply of new parts, maintenance and technical support services.

This prompted Russia to consider reviving domestic aircraft programs, particularly the Tupolev Tu-214 and Ilyushin Il-96.

At the end of March 2022, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that the Kazan-based aerospace manufacturer Kazan Aircraft Production Association (KAPO) should produce 10 Tu-214s per year.

Later, on April 1, 2022, Andrei Yelchaninov, a member of the board of directors of the Military-Industrial Commission of Russia, revealed that Russia may create an additional aircraft manufacturing center in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, to avoid a shortage of spare parts as it continues to feel the effects of international sanctions amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The new facility, which could start operations in 2023, is expected to produce parts for various types of aircraft but will mainly focus on supplying spare parts for domestically manufactured aircraft, such as the Tupolev Tu-214 and the Ilyushin Il-76.

Plans to open a new national center to produce spare aircraft parts had already been discussed with Borisov and the country’s President Vladimir Putin,Interfaxreported at the time.

“Efforts are underway to create a single center in Kazan to manufacture parts for various types of aircraft, primarily the civilian Tu-214 and the cargo Il-76. It is assumed that the facility will be equipped mainly with manufacturing machinery Russian.” Yelchaninovmentioned.

Meanwhile, Russia is also planning to focus more on the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the Irkut MC-2.

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