Severnaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1457 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5762 times:
Quote: Russia will purchase two Airbus jets for its leadership in a deal worth $235 million with a European aircraft manufacturer despite promises to help its own struggling aeronautical industry.
The Russian government announced on Thursday it is buying two Airbus A319ACJs from EADS, headquartered in Toulouse, France, as well as building two Russian Ilyushin Il-96-300 airliners for President Dmitry Medvedev.
pylon101 From Russia, joined Feb 2008, 1611 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5385 times:
A little bit unexpected - but quite reasonable.
I think it is a stupid policy to keep only Russian aircraft for government purpose.
Perhaps it might apply to some officials and particular missions (GLONASS instead of GPS and alternative "Internet" communication).
But for ordinary transportation of officials - it's quite alright.
Yes, but they also have some older stuff. I'm not sure how much is still in service but I've seen fairly recent images of Il-62s and Tu-154s in Russian government colors (some of them might be strictly military though.) Russian posters, please correct me if I'm wrong.
Oldest Tu-154M is only from 1987, the youngest are from 2001, 2005, 2008.
Tu-214 fleet is very young, all 7 are built between 2002 and 2010 with deliveries going on for at least 6 more.
The Tu-134 fleet is older with the oldest frames well in their 30s and youngest is 27 years old. Same goes for the Yaks, they're built between 1976 and 1980. Let's not talk even about the Il-18s, they're 45 years old and still flying.
DEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 5032 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4915 times:
It appears Russia lags behind the other former Soviet republics in acquiring decadent western transportation for its officials.
Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 8): Will the planes be ready for Medvedev before his term is up in May of 2012?
If they could pick up two foregone delivery slots for green frames now, there would be sufficient time for special equipment integration and testing, and interior outfitting. Question is whether the completion centers' cry of being heavily backlogged is real.
Russia seems to have developed a taste for French ships and planes of late.
tu204 From Russia, joined Mar 2006, 1316 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4864 times:
Just to clarify here, only IL9 96012 and 96016 are fit to transport the President. Aswell as one IL-62 which only transports the Foreign Minister (Lavrov) and one TU-214 (one more coming) as they have special communication equipment that is able to remain in contact with the Armed Forces plus the built in "nuclear suitcase" (which launches ICBMs should the need arise). The other IL9's plus the other IL6's plus the Tu-154's do not have those abilities. Another factor is that only 96012, 96016 and one of the IL6's have pure VIP configs (stateroom, conference room and a small "Y class" area for reporters/security in the back. The other IL9's (as far as I know) are for lesser state officials and are mostly a J class config though the aircraft. Also, I don't believe that they have anti-missile defences built in, but don't quote me on that.
The falcons were to replace the YAK40, the T214's the T154's and IL9's the IL6's. The Airbuses are probably to bridge the gap between the (fairly large) T214 and small Falcon.
P.S. From what I have heard, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is a pilot license holder, so maybe he, like many of us here just enjoy flying the IL6, and does not bother asking to use one of the IL9's (which is almost as effecient for an aircraft twice the size).
[Edited 2011-03-31 21:02:42]
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