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OUTSOURCING BOEING DESIGN TO RUSSIA!
200 Russian engineers designing world's largest cargo plane
19:47|15/ 11/ 2005
MOSCOW, November 15 (RIA Novosti) - Two hundred Russian engineers in Moscow
are designing a cargo aircraft, the Boeing-747LCF, that will be used to
deliver components for the new Boeing-787 Dreamliner passenger plane.
"Moscow is handling the design of this special cargo plane, which will
deliver components produced in Japan, Britain, France, and Russia to the
aircraft-manufacturing plant in Seattle for final assembly of the
Dreamliner, which will only take three days," Sergei Kravchenko, the
president of U.S. aircraft giant Boeing in Russia and the CIS, said.
Kravchenko said the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) had built an
experimental test bench for static and dynamic tests of life-size fuselage
panels of the Boeing-787.
Under the Dreamliner project, Boeing also cooperates with the Russian
Academy of Sciences and the All-Russian Aviation Materials Institute (VIAM).
Kravchenko said the new project had caused Boeing to increase its purchases
of industrial titanium alloys in Russia.
The tests of the Boeing-787 will be finished in 2006. The plane will conduct
its first flight in 2007 and will be supplied to the first buyer in Japan in
The volume of the market for the Dreamliner, which will replace the 767
model, is estimated at
3,500 planes over the next 20 years.
The Russia-Boeing Dreamliner project is being conducted within the framework
of an agreement signed in November 2004 between the Russian Industry and
Energy Ministry and Boeing.