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FARNBOROUGH: Russia's resurgent United Aircraft

For United Aircraft (UAC), Russia’s state-owned aerospace giant, the last 12 months appear to have been a period of consolidation and reinforcement. Its two flagship civil programmes have made solid if unspectacular progress, largely avoiding the calamities of previous years. And on the military side, deliveries of current models have continued apace to its defence ministry clients in Moscow - as well as healthy number to export customers. Development of the next-generation of fighter aircraft had appeared to be going smoothly too, albeit a 10 June fire aboard a Sukhoi T-50/PAK-FA prototype may cause more problems than the company so far believes. Meanwhile in the background UAC has continued with the deep restructuring process that has been in play since 2011.

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