The Ministry of Industry and Trade, in the new version of the state program for the development of the aviation industry of the Russian Federation, prepared by it, pointed out the problems with the choice of suppliers of units for the Russian-Chinese passenger aircraft CR929. “As part of the Aviation Units and Instruments subprogram, a number of indicators have been adjusted downward due to a decrease in orders under the state defense order, a delay in the process of selecting suppliers of aggregates and avionics (avionics) for the project of creating a wide-body long-range aircraft by the Chinese side,” an explanatory note to the draft government decree that amends the state program (published on the regulation.gov.ru portal).
The Ministry of Industry and Trade also points to a reduction in state funding for work on CR929. According to the draft budget for the next three years, in 2021, PJSC “United Aircraft Corporation” will receive 2.6 billion rubles for the project, in 2022 – 2.4 billion rubles, in 2023 – 3.5 billion rubles. In the current version of the state program, annual subsidies are provided in the amount of 7 billion rubles.
The CR929 is a wide-body passenger aircraft developed by UAC (MCX: UNAC) and the Chinese aircraft building holding COMAC. The project passes the Gate-3 stage – collection and analysis of proposals from all suppliers of systems and assemblies to determine the final configuration of the aircraft. Previously, this work was planned to be completed in 2020 and in 2021 to move to the contracting stage. But in July of this year, the head of the civilian division of the UAC, Ravil Khakimov, announced the possible postponement of Gate-3 for a year due to “difficulties in working with Chinese partners.” He did not specify what kind of difficulties he was talking about, but because of them, Khakimov said, the planned delivery date for the Russian-Chinese CR929 aircraft was shifted to 2028-2029. Earlier, the UAC planned to start delivering it after 2025.