UAC to directly provide Foreign Sales and Support
On 28 November 2016, Russia’s Federal Service on MilitaryTechnical Cooperation (FSMTC) cleared United Aircraft Corporation to directly provide after- sales spares and support of all previously contracted Sukhoi, MiG, Ilyushin, Yakovlev and Tupolev aircraft. The list includes a wide range of aircraft types and variants, including a number of India-specific models such as the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, MiG-29UPG, MiG29K/ KUB, MiG- 21 and MiG- 27 variants, the Il- 38SD maritime patrol aircraft and Il-78MKI tankers.
This also allows UAC to upgrade and modernise previously supplied aircraft, render training services for foreign pilots and technical staff, and crucially, to establish aftersales support and repair joint ventures abroad. Readers will recall several such proposals in the Indian context in the recent past ( see Vayu I/2016).
“It is hoped that the certificate will allow UAC to better coordinate work in this field, to develop a company-wide corporate after-sales and service system based on past experiences as well as global best practices, and enable maximum efficiency in markets where multiple UAC brands are present (such as India).”