MAKS: Russia's Transas to supply 737 and An-148 simulators

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Russia's federal transport agency Rosaviatsia is to acquire six flight simulators from local manufacturer Transas, including three for passenger jets and three for helicopters.

Transas disclosed the agreement during the MAKS Moscow air show, valuing the contract at Rb1 billion ($34 million).

Two of the simulators will be for modern-variant Boeing 737s while a third will be for Antonov An-148 regional jets. The helicopter simulators will be for Mil Mi-8 and Kamov Ka-32 aircraft.

Transas said the 737 contract marked the first time a Russian supplier had been entrusted with development of a simulator for the type.

The agreement has been reached in the context of the Russian government's federal transport development programme for 2010-15.

Rosaviatsia chief Alexander Neradko said simulators would help to reduce the effect of human factors in air accidents. "It is impossible without increasing the level of training of flight personnel with modern equipment," he said.