Russia’s government has stepped up efforts to develop a more domestically-focused Sukhoi Superjet 100, through a new research contract.

The trade and industry ministry has recently issued a formal Rb3.5 billion ($54 million) research and development tender to “maximise import substitution” of the type’s components and systems.

Sukhoi’s civil aircraft division had originally recruited multiple international suppliers to provide equipment and structures for the twinjet.

The ministry’s tender, seeking a sole contractor, refers to a project code ‘SSJ New’ but few other details are contained in the procurement notice.

Its terms include requiring completion of the work by 15 December this year. Funding would be sourced from the federal budget.

Sukhoi has previously disclosed plans to pursue a substitution programme to create a ‘Russified’ version of the Superjet 100, which it had designated the SSJ100R.

But the airframer has also been working to develop a shrunk 75-seat version of the aircraft, the SSJ75.

Source: Cirium Dashboard