Russia leans on own accident-prone jet tech with new airline sanctions

Russia leans on own accident-prone jet tech with new airline sanctions

Latest reports suggest that Russia is steadily gearing up to revive its crumbling aviation industry amid the modern-era cold war after being crushed under the weight of Western sanctions.

Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec claimed that it would maximize its efforts toward creating close to 1000 airliners by the end of 2030, in a bid to end the country’s dependence on Boeing and Airbus planes, whose aid was cut off after the repeated attacks on Ukraine.

The company added that foreign aircrafts would no longer be a part of Russia’s fleet and that Boeing & Airbus aircrafts might probably never fly over Russian grounds again.

Reliable sources are of the opinion that half of the technologies and components utilized to build Russian aircraft in 2021 have originated on western soil, thereby making it extremely difficult for the country to follow through with this transition, without their consent.

Aviation expert Nick Cunningham, who works for Agency Partners asserted that Russian airlines relied heavily on Western systems. Hence, the process of rebuilding and redesigning the airplanes without the western parts would easily require a period of five years to begin operations.

To quell the severity of the situation, Mr. Cunningham suggested that it would be a lot easier to let the oil jets fly by re-engineering parts from retired models, following the experiment done by Iran since the 1979 Revolution to enable its own fleets to fly sans the Western components.

It is worth noting that Russia began incorporating western parts in a bid to expand the safety net of the Russian civilian fleet in order to avoid such mishaps.

Interestingly, the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives puts Russian flag carrier Aeroloft at the top of all-time fatalities with figures showcasing nearly 11,308 deaths over its course of operations.

For those unaware, Aeroflot and many other such airliners repeatedly purchased the Airbus and Boeing jets over the last few decades to escape the questionable safety reputation of the domestically manufactured Soviet jets.

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