Petertenthije, I have a question with regards to your earlier post. You said, "It should be mentioned though that those Russian planes would be low-tech since there is no provider of fly-by-wire technology in Russia. Russia would have to import that techniology from the US/Europe."
Where did you get the information that there is no high-tech avionics supplier in Russia? FYI, the Ilyushin IL
-96-300, which first flew in 1988, is entirely fly-by-wire, and Russian-built to boot. Also, the avionics suite used in the Tupolev TU
-204 with PS90A2 turbofans is Russian-made, as is the suite for the TU
-334. I believe the RB211-535-powered TU
-204 version has a Western avionics suite by Honeywell, but I'm unsure. The US government under Bush killed the deal to supply Ilyushin with Rockwell/Collins avionics and PW2337 engines for the IL
Though not as advanced as some Western jetliners, Ilyushin and Tupolev have managed to hold their own without aid from the West in building their newest aircraft, producing them using entirely domestic sources. Ukrainian designer Antonov has done fairly well also. While foreign investment and the ready availability of Western engines and avionics would greatly help the Russian and Ukrainian aircraft industries, so far it has been shown they are not entirely necessary for the production of world-class aircraft.