The Sukhoi aircraft holding company is set to develop joint aircraft-building projects with India. The director-general of the Sukhoi company, Mikhail Pogosyan, was speaking to journalists at the Aero India-2005 international exhibition, which ended its work on Sunday [13 February] in the Indian city of Bangalore.
"We are jointly designing promising military aviation systems and developing cooperation in the sphere of civil aviation," Pogosyan said.
To the question concerning the state of cooperation with the Indian HAL corporation under the programme of the Russian Regional Jet (RRJ), he replied that several rounds of consultations had been held and an agreement had been signed "which registers both sides' interest in working on this programme".
According to Pogosyan, the HAL corporation is expected to be involved in the production of some components for the RRJ glider. The Sukhoi company director-general believes that bilateral cooperation will also involve the production of some components for the RRJ's avionics and its engine.
Pogosyan also said that agreements in the sphere of engine production had been signed at the Aero India-2005 exhibition between HAL and Snecma Moteurs which, together with the Saturn scientific-and-production association, is working on the SaM 146 engine for the RRJ aircraft.
"I believe that within the next few weeks we will conclude specific accords," Pogosyan said. "I am very optimistic about the prospects for such cooperation."
As regards the possibility of the Indian Brahmos missile being mounted on the Su-30MKI aircraft, Pogosyan said: "The Su-30MKI is such a powerful platform that it is quite capable of carrying the Brahmos missile on board."
The issue of integrating the Brahmos missile with the Su-30MKI aircraft will be resolved and an increase in the efficiency of the aviation complex during the use of these weapons will be assessed when the production of Su-30MKI aircraft begins under licence in India as part of the programme of increasing the potential of these aircraft and modernizing them, Pogosyan said.
According to Pogosyan, a number of other aspects of the Su-30MKI modernization in the process of its licensed production are currently under discussion, "which will make it a modern aircraft at all stages of the implementation of this programme".