“It's really not clear to me why we haven't abandoned the classic Russian-made D-16 aluminum in all its modifications today. The materials of construction could indeed be replaced. They are available. In addition, we are not critically dependent on the fact that they are produced in the Russian Federation. The situation is incomprehensible. I believe that we need to go farther from Russia, "said Alexander Pashchenko, General Director of the State Enterprise Plant 410 Civil Aviation, reports the news agency Defense Industry Courier .
“With regard to the critical dependence on titanium alloys, one of the problems is the production of landing gear for aircraft. They are made mainly from VT-22, some elements of heat-resistant steel, including VT-06 - titanium, ”he explained.
In addition, Pashchenko added that the Russian Federation is a monopoly in the production of titanium on the world market (we are talking about the world's largest enterprise producing products from titanium and its alloys - OJSC VSMPO-Avisma Corporation, which is located in the village. Verkhnyaya Salda, RF).
“By the way, Boeing is 50% dependent on these components. In addition, the company signed new contracts in 2020 and 2021. Airbus is even more dependent, while the Brazilian company Embraer is 100% dependent, ”said the head of the aircraft plant.
“Ukraine is a much smaller country than those represented by the above companies. Unfortunately, I doubt that today we are ready to radically replace this particular element, ”summed up A. Pashchenko.
SE "Plant 410 Civil Aviation" is a state-owned enterprise of the aviation industry of Ukraine, located in Kiev. The company carries out diagnostics, repair, maintenance, re-equipment and modernization of aircraft and helicopters.