The Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UGMK) plans to increase its stake in the Czech Aircraft Industries plant (Aircraft Industries) from 51 to 100 percent, thus becoming the sole owner of the production of the local L-410 “Turbolet” aircraft.
“Now we have the 51 percentage, by the end of this week a deal on the purchase of the remaining ones should be signed,” the general director of UMMC subsidiary Uktus-Avia Timur Azerny said at a meeting of the Transport Coordination Council of the Interregional Association Siberian Accord (AMIS) He did not specify the financial parameters of the deal with the Czech aircraft company Let Kunovice (Let Kunovice, the commercial name of Aircraft Industries), ITAR-TASS reports.
L- 410UVP - 19-seat short-range aircraft with a shortened take-off and landing distance. In the postwar period, the Turbolet became the first foreign aircraft to sail at Soviet distances. Now in the Russian regions, Aircraft Industries supplies a modernized version of the machines, equipped with a H-80 turboprop engine produced by the General Electric division in the Czech Republic. According to the UMMC, this has seriously improved its operational characteristics, extending, in particular, the flight range from 1420 km to 1520 km.
At the meeting of the AMIS coordination council, it was noted that the L-410 is regarded as the main aircraft for the modernization of regional parks and the restoration of the local airline network. It is assumed that the leasing of the aircraft will be carried out with budget support, the specific mechanisms of which the heads of regions consolidated intend to determine at a meeting in September.
Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation reported that 19- and 9-local aircraft are needed for the development of domestic traffic. In Russia, aircraft such modifications do not produce.
L-410 is listed in the aircraft fleets of Orenburg and KrasAero companies. The purchase of several cars are ready to implement the government of the Khabarovsk Territory and the Buryat airline PANH. Aircraft Industries is currently doing draft work.
UMMC holding was created around the second largest metallurgical company in Russia and unites more than 20 mining, metallurgical, machine-building and telecommunication companies. The controlling stake is concentrated in the hands of Iskander Makhmudov and Andrei Kozitsin.