The creation and production of the Belarusian-Russian passenger aircraft is at the stage of intergovernmental coordination, the enterprises implementing the project are working out the technical details.
Andrey Tuchin, chief engineer of the 558th Aviation Repair Plant, located in the city of Baranovichi, Brest Region, said this on air on the STV channel.
“As soon as the decision to finance the project is made, I think that this year the work will go faster. But, without even waiting for a decision, our company is working with our Russian partner on all the technical aspects, options for cooperation,” Tuchin said.
At the same time, he spoke about the growth in orders for parts for Tu-214, MS-21, Sukhoi Superjet and Il-76 aircraft.
On July 10, during the Innoprom exhibition in Yekaterinburg, Chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus Dmitry Pantus and Deputy Head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Oleg Bocharov signed a comprehensive interdepartmental program for cooperation between countries in the field of aircraft manufacturing. The parties agreed on the joint development and organization of serial production of the aircraft. And the leaders of the Ural Plant of Civil Aviation (UZGA) and JSC «558 Aircraft Repair Plant» signed an action plan for the implementation of this project.
In July, Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko announced that the first Russian-Belarusian passenger aircraft would begin commercial flights in 2027-2028. According to Golovchenko, the aircraft, whose commercial (marketing) name will be chosen later, will help the republic «realize long-standing dreams of becoming a full-fledged aircraft manufacturing power.»