after looking up the still somewhat sketchy information on Putin's latest coup, I still wonder whether this "bundling" will apply to the design bureaus, to the manufacturing plants, or to both? Historically, design and production was completely separate in Sovjet aviation, and so it still is in the CIS. Design is done by Antonov, Ilyushin, Tupolev, Yakovlev, MiG, Mil, Sukhoi etc. while mass production of the various designs is assigned to one or more of the many assembly plants all over the CIS once development at the design bureau is complete: Aircraft Factory (APO) Number xxx - often acronymed now after the city they are in, examples KAPO, VASO, MAPO, KnAAPO etc. A factory often builds designs from different bureaus over time or even parallely on adjacent production lines (e.g. VASO Voronezh used to build Il-86, Tu-144 and An-12, among other military types).
As the German article speaks of "all military and civilian airplane builders, except the helicopter builders", this integration imposed by the government seems at first glance to include the design bureaus. That does not convince me, to be honest:
Concern 1) In the light of the duration of the design process of any aircraft model - and the CIS industry is not faster than the world average in this area, to say it mildly - it will take at least 5-10 years until a new joined design is ready for market introduction. This seems to be a long-term approach to change the state of the industry, and the long development and certification phase of new CIS-built airliners is one of the factors limiting their success.
Concern 2) A joint marketing organisation including financing schemes for a potential buyer, a joint effort to set up a reliable, common source for spare parts, and joint maintenance, training, documentation and certification centers for those (fairly) new designs currently offered on the market would make much more sense to me. These are issues that need to be addressed anyways, in order for the bundling to work, and their implementation could produce results faster than a new, joint design (or family of designs?).
Concern 3) Also, given the pride of any engineer for "his" bureau and "his" designs, I silently wonder how enthusiastically a forced merger of several existing corps of engineers will be welcomed. If too many teams walked out, the entire re-shaping of the industry could be delayed further, namely until enough new engineers were trained to fill the vacancies. I agree, that is pure speculation, but anywhere on this planet, well trained specialists are among the most mobile people in the workforce, as they know they will find a new job...
Concern 4) I don't need to speculate where this drive of the current Russian administration to mix (and mess up) foreign policy and industrial policy will lead the Russian nation to. Isn't economic history full of examples of government-owned, bureaucratically administred colosses that ran into the ground, full steam ahead, throttle wide open and with a wide grin on the faces of the "management"...
Concern 5) What next, after the plane makers? Would you still invest in a privately owned Russian airline today?
If anyone sees any additional info clarifying this interesting thread, please let us know and keep us updated. Any member with ties to Russia, please keep your eyes and ears wide open, thanks in advance!