New airplane shows sanctions just make Russia independent
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Not to mention reducing trade from the west, to the detriment of the west’s economy.
This article is “How new Russian-built passenger jet MC-21 took off despite Western sanctions” from https://www.rt.com/russia/544697-mc21-passenger-jet-certified/ .
The Russian-made medium-haul passenger jet MC-21 has received its “type certificate,” paving the way to mass production of the aircraft. The cutting-edge new market entrant has been plagued by sanctions and multiple delays.
The Irkut MC-21 is the first narrow-body, medium-haul passenger jet designed and built in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Conceived in the late 2000s, the plane is set to fill the niche that once belonged to the iconic 1970s Soviet Tu-154.
However, this innovation has proven to be a double-edged sword, becoming one of the main reasons behind delays in mass-production, despite the plane making its maiden flight in 2017. Back in 2018, the manufacturer of the wings, Russian company AeroComposit, was hit by the US sanctions. It was targeted over alleged participation in a Russian “aerospace military program,” despite having zero public contracts with the country’s armed forces. The concern was barred from importing raw materials, and was left unable to produce its orders for the plane.“The sanctions imposed on AeroComposit were nothing, but an example of unfair competition,” Roman Gusarov, the editor-in-chief of the Avia (dot) ru website, told RT.
The MC-21 debacle has also prompted the manufacturers to strive for making the aircraft fully independent from imported systems. It also originally relied on the US-made Pratt & Whitney engines, as well as other imported avionic and electronic systems. The first MC-21 to be made completely out of domestically-developed components, or having a minimal amount of imported parts, is expected to emerge in the mid-2020s.
I saw this on a small scale in Russia before and after sanctions – products started to come from inside Russia rather than from imports. I really think sanctions ended up hitting neighboring countries harder than they did Russia after a relatively short time.
December 30, 2021 at 7:50 PM #462957Passionate ProgressiveParticipant
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in lots of unexpected areas. One that is/was surprising and I’ve heard about from more than one source is organic farming…
And I continue to stress that the China Russia partnership obviates the need for sea-power….though both countries are investing in their blue-water navies, those branches of the military for those countries are much less essential than their US-British-Australian counterparts.
On the area of sanctioning Russian fuel – the impact on Europe will be more than just for winter heating….There is expected to be an impact on fertilizer/pesticide, etc. which will impact future European food security.
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December 30, 2021 at 8:03 PM #462963soryangParticipant
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Especially in the military and space applications. The US was using Russian boosters for International Space Station missions, if I recall correctly. There has obviously been a period of decline after the collapse of the USSR, but the recovery of the industry is to be expected no matter what the US sanctions regime imagines their power to be. The emergence of new aerospace weapons technology in Russia reflects this. The sanctions regime could be used to affect export marketing of military and commercial applications with sanctions having more affect on the latter. Powers nominally friendly to the US, strong enough to do so, like Turkey and India, aren’t going to buy more expensive, less reliable, and less effective military applications for their needs merely because sanctions are threatened. It’s a truism that there is more “bang for the buck” with Russian systems. Additionally, the costly heavy dependence on US military contractor maintenance commitments can be avoided. I don’t say this as a partisan matter, although I feel that the merchantile approach to sanctions by the US is wrong headed especially in regard to civilian aviation, but because I think it’s a historical fact.
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