Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov visited Voronezh aircraft plant
The Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov inspected Joint Stock Company “Voronezh Aircraft Plant”.
During the visit to the factory Yuri Borisov inspected the construction of An-14 aircraft and Il-96 long-range aircraft.
The Deputy Minister also inspected the enterprise readiness for launching of production new Il-112B light military transport aircraft.
“In 2015 we have annual output of 7.5 milliard roubles with the Voronezh Aircraft Plant,” announced Yury Borisov during the visit to the enterprise.
He concretized that the aircraft plant is to deliver 4 An-148 aircraft and a heavy cargo aircraft to the Ministry of Defence this year.
Besides, the enterprise is constructing a new tanker aircraft that is to be put into service in 2017.
“It’s not a secret that the Voronezh aircraft factory uses a great part of Ukrainian accessories and components. However, your personnel managed to organize cooperation with the Ukrainian partners in such a way as to exclude deadline crossing. We are completely sure that the aircraft will be put into service in due time,” declared Yury Borisov.
He also mentioned that the Ministry is keeping an eye on the production and preparation for mass production of the Il-11 light transportation aircraft.
“In 2017 the first aircraft is to take off. Beginning from 2019 after accomplishment of all state inspections the Voronezh aircraft factory is to proceed to the mass production. We need no less than 35 such aircraft,” said Yuri Borisov.
According to him, it’s high time the Russian Army for putting into service the light transportation aircraft.
“We had been thinking hard, had been choosing but finally we decided to prolong the contract with the Ilyushin design office for the Il-112 aircraft,” emphasized the Deputy Minister.
During the press conference Yuri Borisov elucidated the conducting of the Army-2015 International Forum.
According to him, this idea belongs to the Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu.
“The gist of it is to construct such an exhibition complex that would house display of equipment for permanent exposition and demonstration of its exploitation and combat characteristics in practice using Alabinsky and Kubinsky training grounds,” explained Yury Borisov.
“It is very comfortable for possible buyers to go to Moscow, examine the armament and equipment, see them in action and hold negotiations in one place,” pointed out the Deputy Defense Minister.
Borisov also noted that the Forum and the future exposition are not aimed only at advertising weapons.
“It will also be a place for spending your leisure time, where people will be able not only to see the armament, but also to play standball, bail out using parachute and fly aboard aircraft,” explained the Deputy Defence Minister.
Yuri Borisov pointed out that the place for the future exposition was chosen very well: the vicinity to the capital, a well-developed transport system and infrastructure make it easier to transport armament and exposition visitors.
He said that the Moscow region government, industry, business circles and investors responded enthusiastically to this idea.
“It is planned to use the investors’ money to build the necessary infrastructure, including a hotel complex,” explained the Deputy Minister.
“I do not think that in June we will have to spoil before we spin. The forum shall take place. In the future this exposition capacities will only increase,” confidently said Yuri Borisov.
For three days the Deputy Defence Minister inspected the carrying out of the State Defence Order 2015 at 6 aviation building and 2 shipbuilding facilities in Primorye, Khabarovsk Krai, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Voronezh regions.