Russia, Mahindra in talks with to scale up aviation tie-up

CHENNAI: Russia is open to localising component production of its modern Sukhoi super jet even as it is talking to Mahindra and Mahindra for partnership for the MC 21 civil aviation aircraft, Russian Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov said here, reports PTI.

“We have a very good example of a modern aircraft, the Sukhoi super jet project. We are open to both exporting it to the Indian market as well as localising some of the components production. We are working on another civil aviation project, the MC 21 aircraft which is scheduled to have its first flight soon and we are having talks with Indian aerospace company Mahindra and Mahindra,” Manturov said at the International Engineering Sourcing Show (IESS) organised by EEPC India here on┬áMarch 17.

He let out that a Mahindra subsidiary is manufacturing interiors for the Sukhoi super jet.

“I think they can also be a part of the MC 21 project, both for manufacturing some components and producing the interiors for the aircraft,” the minister said.

Manturov, who held bilateral talks with India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the sidelines of IESS, which opened yesterday, said having been associated with India’s defence sector, Russia is keen to get involved with the country’s civil aviation as well.

“We are currently having another project for 2114 (commercial) aircraft for regional airlines. We think that it is really compatible with the Indian market. It has a lot of demand for the Indian market and we are open to both Mahindra and Mahindra and other aerospace companies to manufacture components for this aircraft in India,” he said.


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