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The government is looking to revive Russia's aviation industry
The government is looking to revive Russia's aviation industry, but Mikhail Kuzmenko, general designer and technical director of the leading Saturn Science and Production Association, told the daily Vremya Novostei it's too late to count on domestic demand alone. "Frankly speaking, we can no longer develop state-of-the-art civilian aircraft. Nor can we develop up-to-date aircraft engines," he said. "We can develop prototype aircraft, but we can hardly market them." But Kuzmenko said the situation may change if the state finds enough resources. "Russia mostly exports warplanes that should be sold on the dwindling national market," he said. "Diversification is key to success during tough global competition. Apart from power plants, we must offer all other essential services," Kuzmenko said. The Russian industry just started producing inexpensive aircraft not long ago. Companies paid low wages while working with cheap power and materials. "It is obvious that world-class specialists won't work for us for pennies. And power and materials prices already exceed the global ones. So we have lost our advantage forever," Kuzmenko said.
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