Maker of “Sukhoi SuperJet” told about the risks of parts supply shortage due to sanctions


The manufacturer of Sukhoi SuperJet-100 “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft” (SCAC) has told about possible problems with the procurement of foreign parts in the report for the second quarter, says “Vedomosti“. As the newspaper notes, in the previous report the company did not talk about the risks of undersupply.

The document states that such risks arise because of several suppliers. So, the French Thales Avionics SAS for the period from December 2014 to July 2015 did not ship piloting system evaluators because of the dual-use of the code in the software. Three blocks were delivered without software that had to be installed separately. By August, Thales Avionics SAS resumed deliveries after new software was developed. It was not specified what is the cost of development of the new code. In total, since the beginning of the year, the GSS and Thales signed deals worth $ 3.8 million, and € 46,000.

Another problematic supplier is the US company Parker. It supplies hydraulic systems to “Sukhoi Civil Aircrafts”. According to the document, Parker plans to oblige SCAC to sign the so-called end-user certificates. They oblige the Russian company not to deliver the products to Crimea, or oil and gas companies since trading with them is prohibited under the terms of sanctions against Russia. Otherwise, supplies will be stopped.

The report also says that the sanctions did not affect the supply of equipment by the German company Liebherr Linderberg (air conditioning systems, flight controls, hydraulics and landing gear), and the French PowerJet, which produces engines for SSJ-100. At the same time, SCAC did not exclude possible delays in supply of these components.

A company representative said that SCAC aims to reduce the share of foreign components in the SuperJet. The shared plan with the Ministry of Industry involves the replacement of 22 types of parts.

In the first half of the year the share of imported parts of all deliveries was 83.59%. At the same time in 2014 it was 50.83%. SCAC explained that this figure varies depending on the delivery schedule. A company representative said that the share of foreign parts in a single plane is about 40%.


Image: “SSJ100 in Aeroflot Livery” by SuperJet International – SSJ100 in Aeroflot Livery. Uploaded by russavia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons.