United Aircraft has opened the door to launching a new aircraft programme aimed at the commercial sector within two years.

Mikhail Pogosyan, president of United Aircraft, said on 20 June that his long-term strategy includes three commercial aircraft programmes.

The MS-21 and the Superjet 100 are two existing pillars of this strategy, and fill market sectors between 130 and 180 seats. United Aircraft is currently focused on keeping these programmes on track, said Pogosyan.

If those programmes continue to mature on schedule, Pogosyan said, new aircraft could be added to the line-up.

"Within one to two years, maybe we will be able to make announcements on the future products," Pogosyan said at the Paris air show.

United Aircraft also unveiled a long-term corporate strategy through 2025 that calls for realigning the Russian aerospace industries into clusters of expertise, including composites, wings, avionics, wiring and engines, Pogosyan said.

The ultimate goal is to become a global aerospace power by 2025 with a balanced portfolio of products, with 40% of all revenues coming from the commercial market, 35% deriving from the military sector and 25% from transport customers.

The strategy is largely based on continuing to sell existing Russian airframes, including the Superjet 100 and MS-21 airliners, Su-35S and Mikoyan Gurevich fighters and the Il-76, An-124 and An-70, with the latter two developed in partnership with Antonov.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news