Russia and China are set to boost their joint technological ties by cooperating on the joint design of a wide-body long-range airliner and the development of a variant of the Mi-26 helicopter for the Chinese military and civil agencies, the Kommersant newspaper reported Monday, May 19, 2014.
“This project [wide-body, long-range aircraft] is to compete with American and European-manufactured aircraft,” Kommersant said, citing a source.
“China is interested in building at least 1,000 airplanes of this kind. And if everything goes smoothly, then in perspective we will set up a joint venture that could compete with Airbus or Boeing, for example. We are ready to purchase these planes to meet our own demands,” the source told Kommersant.
“We offered them [China] to buy our Mi-26 helicopters, but our partners were not satisfied with this variant. We listened to their preferences concerning the design of a helicopter with a cargo capacity of up to 15 tons. That is why we suggested modernizing our Mi-26 helicopters,” the source added.
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