Ukrainian engine maker seals R&D pact with Russia’s UEC

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Ukraine-based powerplant manufacturer Motor Sich and Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) have set up a joint venture aimed at facilitating co-operation in research and development.

UEC will own 51% of the venture, called the International Engineering Centre, with Motor Sich holding 49%.

Moscow-based gas turbine specialist Salyut will accommodate a joint technology office, with an affiliate to be opened at Motor Sich in Zaporozhye.

UEC says the project should enhance its collaboration with Motor Sich in developing engines for existing and prospective aircraft types both military and civil.

In particular, the centre will handle joint engineering work on the Aviadvigatel PD-14 – the engine for the Irkut MC-21 narrowbody – and the Progress D-436, which powers the Antonov An-148 regional jet,