The Russian Aerospace industry is capitalizing on innovation and modernization to keep up with its ambitious projects in all the segments of the industry, aircraft building, engine manufacturing, and space rocket construction.
The Federal Space Program budget for 2016-2025 amounts to 1.3 trillion RUB (19.2 billion CHF), out of which 175 billion RUB for R&D and 25 billion RUB for capital investment were already granted.
Integrating the Russian aerospace supply chain became easier. Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, is shifting to a horizontal organization. Its new management acknowledges the urgent need to involve private and innovative companies in the sector in order for it to strive and defend its position in the global value chain. This shift, along with the import replacement program, makes it possible for foreign SMEs to reach the Russian markets in the making.
Technology development will depend on the competitiveness of private companies. From process management solutions to components manufacturing, there is a wide range of competencies that the Russian aerospace industry needs to integrate. These are necessary steps to form a reliable supply chain for the ambitious projects coming ahead.
The demand for composite materials, alloys, and components increases. Currently, the aviation segment lacks suppliers and modern machine tools to meet their needs, whereas 35% of the wings of the new passenger aircraft MS-21 are made of composite materials. In the space segment, the GLONASS-M satellite constellation is composed of 40% of foreign components, but according to new laws, it has to be reduced to 10% maximum by 2022.
The rocket building segment particularly needs to modernize its equipment. Over 80% of the metal-cutting equipment has been in operation for more than 10 years. It concerns measurements tools, the design of manufacturing tooling (molds, stamps, fixtures, ancillary tools) and machinery for the thermal processing of components. The Samara Region, the country’s rocket-building hub, is considering a 1 billion RUB (15 billion CHF) project to create a common machine tool manufacturing facility for its aerospace cluster.
Modernizing production equipment is particularly important for exports. The demand for certain Russian products is increasing. For example, for additional contracts for 20 rocket engines to the 1 billion USD contract for 101 engines (RD-180 model) to be delivered by 2019. Large projects in the satellite communication market increase the need for production capacities, with 640 satellites to be produced and deployed by 2028 for navigation systems improvement.
Get the latest industry insights in our comprehensive report “Russian Aerospace Industry 2018”, covering market players and upcoming projects within the three major segments: space rocket and satellite construction, rocket and aircraft engines production, airplane and helicopter building.
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