Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Organisation (NAPO) is priming for the
manufacture of the Boeing-supported regional aircraft planned by defence
recently, NAPO had been a state-owned enterprise with the controlling stake
held by the regional government. It specialises in the assembly of Antonov
turboprops and Sukhoi Su-24 and Su-34 fighter aircraft.
year, Sukhoi acquired a 74.5% stake in NAPO with a view to fitting it into its
military-to-civil conversion programme, centred on developing a family of
regional aircraft in co-operation with Ilyushin and Yakovlev.
March the project won the tender for state financial backing which gives access
to budgetary financing in excess of $100 million. A portion of these funds is
to be channelled into equipping NAPO for manufacturing new regional jets.
will be done in a rather limited timeframe,” says board chairman Valery
Prisyazhnyuk. “We are looking at becoming a major production facility involved
in the project.”
Civil Aircraft plans to roll out the first sample of its regional jet family in
2005 and launch mass production in 2006.
general manager Alexander Bobryshev adds that the company is studying options
for work on other regional aircraft types. He says: “Given our long-standing
relationship with Antonov design bureau, we are also considering participating
in its An-148 regional jet production when it comes on stream.”
manufacturer is continuing to work on enhancing the 27-seat Antonov An-38-200,
fitted with Baranov TVD-20M engines, as a new Kemerovo-based regional airline
is looking to acquire two aircraft. A couple of these twin-turboprops, powered
by Honeywell TPE331-14 engines, are already in service with Siberian carriers Vostok
says that there are good prospects for marketing the An-38-200 in Malaysia
which, in February, accepted an application for a type certificate from NAPO.