Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) set up joint venture to develop supersonic passenger business aircraft, TASS reported, quoting Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov during a working visit to the UAE. According to him, the UAE’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala will participate in the project.
The concept of a Russian supersonic aircraft has been under development since the end of 2021 Mr. Manturov said that Russia and Kazakhstan are negotiating the supply of SSJ100 and MS-21 aircraft. According to him, the deal for the sale of 50% of the shares of BP-Technologies is planned to be completed by May.
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This will be a joint venture. It is a question of equity participation. So far we have not discussed this issue. On the part of the emirate will be Mubadala, from our side it is understandable that we will participate with UAC (United Aircraft Corporation), it is possible with one of its subsidiaries, said the Russian minister.
According to Manturov, the supersonic passenger business jet is planned to be in two versions: passenger up to 8 and up to 30 seats. According to him, the appearance of the aircraft can be developed in late 2021, early 2022.
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“For now, we are optimistic (of the period of creating the appearance of the aircraft): by the end of 2021 but perhaps the beginning of 2022. The main parameters, in my opinion, are 80% complete: this is the speed of 1.5-1.8 Mach. At the same time, the speed of Mach 1.8 can fly no more than four hours. As for the version – an 8-seater VIP-car, and a 30-seater passenger car “, added Manturov.
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