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UAC to Launch Military Transport Division

RIA Novosti

14:50 17/05/2012 MOSCOW, May 17 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) plans to set up a standalone division to produce military transport aircraft, Acting Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday at the fifth Heli Russi international helicopter exhibition in Moscow.

“UAC will detach military and transport aviation into a separate segment which will be run by its general designer for all systems and in this respect we can ensure predictability until 2020 for the purchases of Il-476 aircraft and modifications...and also An-124 aircraft,” said Rogozin, who is in charge of the military-industrial complex.

“As for the Il-476 and An-124, we can speak not only about the purchases of dozens of aircraft. Considering the Il-476 aircraft, we can speak about the production of over a hundred of these planes,” Rogozin said .

The Russian government is also considering starting production in Russia of smaller transport aircraft, possibly with participation of Ukraine's Antonov design bureau, he said.

Russian military transport aviation has bright future, he said.

“Today our aircraft are used by the NATO forces for the conveyance of their cargoes. In particular, Volga-Dnepr company is engaged in this work and is doing well from these operations,” he said.

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