Work Begins on New Contract between Russian and Ukraine within Framework of Program for Creation and Production of Tu-334 Airplane
As an informed source at OAO Tupolev has reported, work is starting on the recently concluded new agreement /contract for the Ukrainian side/ between OAO Tupolev and the Ukrainian side with the participation of the Kiev aircraft plant for the continuation of work on the program for the creation and production of the Tu-334 short-range 100-seat passenger airplane. The completion of a second prototype Tu-334 airplane in Kiev and the inclusion of it in flight and certification tests in accordance with the program is envisioned by the contract.
The source emphasized that 8 - 10 million dollars is needed for the completion of the second airplane in Kiev. Ukraine has moved significantly further in the realization of the program for the preparation of series production of the Tu-334 airplane than Russia. Since Ukraine right now is ahead of Russia significantly in preparation for production, the first orders for delivery of Tu-334 airplanes most of all will be executed by the Kiev aircraft plant.
However, at RSK MiG, who will be the lead enterprise in Russia for production of the Tu-334, the funds necessary for completion of the third prototype of the airplane and preparation for series production of the Tu-334 are appearing lately in connection with the completion of a number of contracts on the MiG-29 fighter.
The second Tu-334 prototype built by the Kiev aircraft plant should lift into the air in September 2002. However, according to the latest real estimates, its first flight most likely will take place in the fourth quarter 2002, the source said.
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