India to buy Uzbek planes

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Igor Yumov


TASHKENT, Oct. 22—Russian Aircraft has signed a memorandum of agreement with India’s Hindavia for the delivery of 15 Il-114-100 planes assembled at the Chkalov Tashkent Aircraft Production plant (TAPOiCH) in Uzbekistan.Russian Aircraft executive director Pavel Melnikov told reporters a firm contract will be signed within three months.

TAPOiCH was formed at a Russian aircraft plant that had been moved from Moscow to Uzbekistan in 1941and currently produces Il-76 cargo planes and Il-114 passenger planes.

Russian Aircraft in April signed a contract to buy three modernized Il-114-100 passenger planes from TAPOiCH. Melnikov said the first aircraft will be delivered in August 2009, the second in January 2010, and the third later that year. Financing has been arranged and work on the first plane is under way.

The Uzbek government and the United Aircraft Corporation signed a memorandum last November to integrate TAPOiCH and UAC. Under UAC, TAPOiCH will build separate assemblies and units for the Il- the Il-114. UAC experts estimate that as many as 15 Il-114 planes will be built in Tashkent by the end of 2015. TAPOiCH has already supplied two Il-114-100s to the national airline Uzbekistan Khavo Iullari.

The modified Il-114-100 features new Russian equipment, the latest avionics from Rockwell Collins, Pratt & Whitney engines, Hamilton Sundstrand airscrews and Honeywell airborne auxiliary power units.

[CenterAsia citing]

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