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29 June, 2022

Russia reverting to domestic aircraft production with new investment.......

Photo Aeroflot 
As sanctions on western made aircraft continue to bite, the Russia Government has announced plans to invest 770 billion roubles – roughly $14.5 billion in domestically-manufactured aircraft by the end of the decade.

Despite getting Airbus spare parts from the United Arab Emirates Russian airlines are finding it increasingly difficult to keep western aircraft in a serviceable condition to operate within Russia and a limited international route network.

Many aircraft leasing firms are still trying to get aircraft that had been leased to Russian Airlines back, with legal action being taken. Moscow passed a law allowing some of those aircraft to be registered on the Russian aircraft registry to avoid them being repossessed.

Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said: "The share of domestically produced aircraft in the fleet of Russian airlines should grow to 81% by 2030,"

For many years the Russian authorities had been trying to restart the once gigantic aircraft industry but had only limited success. The Sukhoi Superjet regional plane experienced many problems in its development and hasn’t constructed as many aircraft as first envisioned. The programme is now struggling as it has a significant number of components, including engine parts are imported which are now embargoed under current sanctions.

Photo Aeroflot

There are plans to mass-produce the MC-21 aircraft as soon as alternative sources for some parts can be found, while a long-haul replacement aircraft, the Tu-214, is only having limited construction. 

According to state-controlled media, the national carrier, Aeroflot is to order 300 new aircraft from United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) another state-owned organisation. However, this appears to be just speculation, with neither parties aware of such a deal.  
Photo Irkut 

24 March, 2021

Russian crew killed in ejector seat malfunction.

A Tu-22M 
The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that three Tu-22M3 long-range bomber crew members have been killed in an accident at Shaikovka, an airbase some 90 miles southwest of Moscow.

According to the ministry, the three airmen were killed on Tuesday, as they were getting ready for a training mission and the ejector system went off accidentally and there was insufficient altitude for the parachutes to open and three of the four crew members died of injuries. A fourth member was also involved in the incident and suffered serious injuries and has been taken to hospital.

At this stage, it is unclear how the ejector mechanisms fired while the crew conducted preflight checks and an investigation has been launched, "to examine the plane technically and establish the causes of the incident," the ministry advised.

The Tupolev Tu-22 is a 1960 designed aircraft, with the M3 variant taking to the skies during the early 1980's.  It is a supersonic long-range strategic and maritime bomber, with moveable swept wings and operates with a crew of four. 

There have been a number of training exercises involving the bombers in recent days at the base and the type have been involved in operations over Syria in recent months. 

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05 May, 2011

Russian Tupolev Out Of Control Test Flight


A TERRIFYING mid-air mishap has been caught on camera.  Videos posted on YouTube by witnesses show a plane lurching wildly out of control in the skies close to Moscow.

The Tupolev plane, used by defence forces, is seen twisting from side to side uncontrollably before pilots manage to land it safely at a military aerodrome outside Moscow.

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Luckily no passengers were onboard at the time, and Russian military prosecutors have launched an investigation into the incident. Scary: Most terrifying plane landings Hold on: World's scariest runways

"The military prosecutors have launched a probe which should establish the reasons for the mid-air incident that almost led to an aviation disaster,'' a spokesman for the chief military prosecutor's office told the RIA Novosti news agency.

The Tu-154 plane, dating back to the 1960s, was dubbed the "dancing plane'' by bloggers.

The spokesman for the chief military prosecutor's office told RIA Novosti that the plane's steering system had malfunctioned and praised the pilots for managing to land safely in a built-up area.

"During a test flight, the steering system broke down on the TU-154B-2 plane belonging to the Defence Ministry's 800th air base,'' the spokesman said.

"Thanks to the great professionalism and supreme skill of the pilots, the crew managed to land on the second attempt at Chkalovsk aerodrome, avoiding casualties among the airforce and the local population.''

The video posted on April 30, which has been watched more than 380,000 times, says that the plane was being flown for the first time after a 10-year break.

The ageing Tupolev 154 planes, first flown in 1968 and used by Aeroflot until 2009, have been involved in a number of air accidents in recent years.

The aircraft's last major fatal crash was on April last year, when a Tu-154 carrying Polish president Lech Kaczynski and other top officials came down in fog near the Russian city of Smolensk.

In September a Tu-154 plane made a miraculous emergency landing on a derelict airstrip in the remote Komi region after its electrical systems failed midflight