Sokol has begun "trial production" of Airbus components at its plant in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. Airbus chose Kaskol, a private investor with 38% in Sokol, as its main Russian partner, signing a deal on 21 May, 2001, to develop Airbus A318, A340 and A380 parts production.

Kaskol holds 41% of landing gear specialist Hydromash, which is also part of the deal. Sokol makes and upgrades RSK MiG-29 Fulcrums, MiG-31 Foxhounds and Mikoyan MiG-21 bisfighters, Myasistchev M-101T business turboprops and Yakovlev Yak-130 jet trainers.

Source: Flight International