Russia urges Belarus to be more active and persistent in Russian aircraft building projects

SSJ100 aircraft assembly shop in Komsomolsk-on-Amur / Photo: © Victor Borisov, victorborisov.ru

One of the most important segments of the Belarusian economy – aircraft construction – has been virtually at zero for a long time. The ministers of industry of Russia and Belarus reported separately to Presidents Putin and Lukashenko on this block at the State Council of the Union State in St. Petersburg at the end of January.

Vladimir Putin urged the Belarusian side to be active and more persistently and aggressively enter into the aircraft building programmes implemented in the Russian Federation. This was stated by Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus in Moscow Dmitry Krutoy on air of the ONT channel of the Belarusian television.

“The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin supported especially this very block. And once again invited the Belarusians to very actively, persistently, somewhere even aggressively enter into these programmes of completion of aircraft building enterprises of Russia. Belarusians should see themselves everywhere in all models of aircrafts that will be introduced into civil circulation in 2024-2025, such as MS-21, Superjet, Tu-214, Il-76,” the diplomat said.

Dmitri Krutoy added that in the Belarusian-Russian economic relations, “there are actually a lot of such stories, which were not dealt with at all or not dealt with enough in previous years,” he said.

On 9 July 2023, during the visit of Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko to Yekaterinburg for the exhibition Innoprom-2023, an agreement was signed with Russian partners to produce a light aircraft of local lines in Belarus. At that time it became known that the aircraft was named LMS-401. It is planned to be a 19-seat turboprop twin-engine aircraft with non-retractable landing gear.