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Trump travel ban puts Boeing’s $8bn deal with Iran Air in jeopardy

Trump travel banUS President Donald Trump’s decision to issue an executive order barring Iranian nationals from travelling to the US for the next three months has cast further doubt on Boeing’s $8bn deal to supply Iran Air with 80 aircraft that the two companies agreed in principle at the back end of 2016.
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Russia unveils MC-21 mid-range passenger plane in bid to rival Boeing

PM Medvedev at launch of MC-21 passenger plane June 2016Amid the fanfare of a ceremony in a Siberian factory that was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev this week, United Aircraft Corporation’s (UNAC) subsidiary Irkut Corporation rolled out its new MC-21 passenger plane (more…)

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Lockheed Martin ready to build F16 jets in India as G2G talks continure

Lockheed Martin F16US fighter jet manufacturer Lockheed Martin is ready to set up a plant to produce its F-16 aircraft in India, CEO Phil Shaw told reporters on the opening day of the Singapore Air Show 2016. “We…support the Make in India initiative,” he said, although (more…)

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Canada to lift sanctions of sale of Bombardier aircraft to Iran

Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane DionThe Canadian government has announced that is planning to lift the sanctions prohibiting Bombardier from selling its planes to Iran. “If Airbus is able to do it, why can’t Bombardier?” Canada’s Foreign Minister Stephane Dion argued at a press conference.
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Iran Air agrees $10bn Airbus deal before sanctions are even lifted

Iran Air stewardessesIran has agreed to buy 114 Airbus Group SE aircraft for its state carrier Iran Air, the country’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said last week, days before the lifting of international sanctions.
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Mexico buys 30 Sukhoi Superjets

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Russia and China sign $2bn Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet deal

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Sukhoi Su-35

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Russia has agreed to sell 24 Sukhoi Su-35 jets to China for more than $2bn, the first sale of its cutting-edge warplane to a foreign country. The deal strengthens the military bonds between Russia and China which has been one of Moscow’s key ambitions in the wake of its falling-out with the West over last year’s annexation of Crimea last year.
The choice of China as the first foreign buyer of the fourth-generation Su-35, one of Russia’s most advanced fighters, “reflects the high level of mutually beneficial cooperation and depth of our strategic partnership,” Rostec’s Victor Kladov said.

 
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Ilyushin set to resume mass production of IL-96

Ilyushin IL 96

Ilyushin IL 96

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Fear of further sanctions has prompted Russia to consider resuming mass production of the four-engine Ilyushin Il-96 aircraft, according to the aircraft manufacturer’s chief designer Nikolai Talikov. If seen through, (more…)

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Russia grounds Boeing 737s

Sinai plane crashRussia grounds Boeing 737s : Russia’s airline regulator, the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), said it was suspending flying certificates for Boeing 737s in use in the country until it receives notification that the planes are safe to fly. The IAC, which (more…)

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First C919 rolls off Shanghai assembly line

C919 rolls off assembly line

C919 rolls off assembly line

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China’s first large domestically manufactured passenger aircraft, the C919, finally rolled off the assembly lines at Comac’s Shanghai plant today. The much-delayed passenger jet is China’s answer to Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’ A320 models which make up more than half of the aircraft in service. Comac Chairman Jin Zhuanglong said ground tests on the C919’s systems such as avionics, flight controls and hydraulics would start shortly, and that the maiden flight was still scheduled for 2016. Comac had already received 517 orders for the aircraft, the company claims, mainly from domestic airlines. 

 
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Algeria orders 14 Sukhoi fighter jets

Sukhoi Su 30MKI fighter jet

Sukhoi Su 30MKI fighter jet

Russia and Algeria have signed a contract for the sale of 14 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov announced last week. The deal was actually signed in the spring, he told journalists at the 2015 Russian Arms Expo in Nizhny Tagil, and the jets are expected to be ready within the next two years.
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UAC picks up new $1.5bn Su-35 contract at MAKS 2015

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The Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet

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Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), expects to sign a $1.5bn deal with the country’s Ministry of Defence for the production and delivery of a further 48 Su-35 multi-role fighter aircraft by the end of the year, its President Yury Slyusa told a press conference at the MAKS 2015 air show outside Moscow this week.
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Sukhoi set to sell 100 SSJ 100s, boss claims at MAKS

Sukhoi Superjet 100

Sukhoi Superjet 100

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The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company plans to sell at least 100 SSJ 100 airliners in the near future, its chairman Boris Alyoshin told reporters at the MAKS-2015 air show in Zhukovsky this week. As well as expecting to conclude deals with the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) (more…)

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Russia and Canada suspend twin Otter project in Ulyanovsk SEZ

de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter SeriesCanada and Russia have suspended plans to jointly develop the de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter Series aircraft in the Ulyanovsk SEZ in Russia’s Volga region but have not abandoned it completely, the zone’s CEO Denis Baryshnikov told TASS yesterday. “The market (more…)

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Russia and Iran in talks over Sukhoi Superjet sales

Sukhoi Superjet 100

Sukhoi Superjet 100

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Russia has begun negotiations with Tehran over the possible sale of aircraft and aviation technology, including a number of Sukhoi Superjet passenger planes, Russia’s Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said yesterday. The 108-seat Sukhoi Superjet is the first new airliner Russia has developed since the fall of the Soviet Union, and Iran’s (more…)

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Russia and China discuss long-haul passenger aircraft JV

MS 21 medium distance aircraft being developed at Irkutsk

MS-21 medium distance aircraft

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Russia and Chine are considering joining forces to develop a wide-bodied, long-haul passenger aircraft to compete with Boeing and Airbus after a visit by Chinese Vice President to the Irkutsk aircraft factory in Siberia earlier this week. “We visited the Irkutsk aircraft factory and saw the finish line of the Russian MS-21 aircraft” said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin who accompanied Yang. “Based on these technologies, the Russian side is ready to enter into a joint project to create a passenger aircraft with China.”
The medium-distance MS-21 was developed as a replacement for the Soviet-era Tu-154 and Tu-134 planes and will be available in 150-, 180- and 212-seat versions, but could also be modified to create a larger version suitable for long-haul flights. 

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Russian grounds MiG-29 fleet after latest crash

Mig - 29Russia has grounded its fleet of more than 200 MiG-29 fighter jets after one of them crashed during a routine training exercise in Krasnodar Krai, Russian air force chief Colonel General Viktor Bondarev told Interfax yesterday. This was the fourth MiG-29 to crash in the past 12 months and also the fourth Russian military plane to go down in the past month.
The MiG-29 is a Soviet-designed air superiority fighter that is still widely used by the Russian air force, and that has been exported to almost 30 military air forces across the world. According to the report in Interfax the jet was not carrying ammunition and crashed in an uninhabited area. The pilot ejected and survived without suffering fatal injuries.

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Designs for hybrid ‘Red Zeppelin’ Atlant airship

AtlantBy 2018, a new but strangely familiar sight could start floating across the skies above the wastes of Siberia and Russia’s Far East – the 130-metre long Atlant airship,  a hybrid descendant of the old Zeppelin that came to prominence before and during the First World War.
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Deloitte Global Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook 2014

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Deloitte Global Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook 2014:

The global commercial aerospace and defense sector was expected to sustain significant revenue and earnings growth in 2014, underlined by extended record-setting production levels both at platform and supplier base. This was expected to be driven primarily by the accelerated replacement cycle of obsolete aircraft with the next generation, fuel-efficient aircraft, as well as the continued increases in passenger travel demand,especially in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. 

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Russia planning upgrade of Tu-160 supersonic bomber

TU 160 supersonic bomber

TU 160 supersonic bomber

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Russia is to recommence assembly of the massive Soviet-designed Tu-160 supersonic strategic bomber with upgrade software and hardware, Deputy Defence Minister Yury Borisov said today. “This will essentially be (more…)

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