The manufacturer of Sukhoi Superjet 100 "Sukhoi Civil Aircraft" has found a way to enter the Iranian market. Starting in 2014, the company tried to negotiate the delivery of aircraft to the region, but the main obstacle was the presence in the aircraft of US components. But now the GSS plans to supply two Iranian airlines by 2020 to 40 aircraft, where the share of Russian components will be increased to 50-60%.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, part of the United Aircraft Building Corporation (UAC)) within the EurasiaAirshow airshow in Antalya signed two framework agreements for the delivery of 40 SSJ100 aircraft to Iran, Tass reported referring to the head of the company Alexander Rubtsov. As potential customers, two air companies are considered: Iran Air Tours and Aseman. Mr. Rubtsov said that the aircraft will be delivered in the version of RRJ-95R, which began to be developed "a long time ago", and assumes "a significant increase in the share of Russian components," while reducing the share of foreign parts, including from the US. As a result, the volume of Russian-made components in airplanes for Iran could increase by 10-15%, to 50-60%, Mr. Rubtsov said. Russian manufacturers can supply "auxiliary power plant, inertial systems, interior, a large number of aircraft systems, hydraulics, pipelines," explained the head of the SCA. As he said, decisions are important from the point of view of "efficiency and cost of the plane". Details of future contracts will be worked through during the year. After that, within two years, the GSS "must supply these planes" to Iranian customers.
The GSS is trying to enter the Iranian market from the autumn of 2014, when Russia and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding by agreeing a set of joint business projects worth $ 70 billion. The Iranian market is one of the most promising: by the end of 2016 almost 50 million passengers . However, the fleet of local airlines has not been updated due to sanctions for the past several decades, and the average age of the aircraft is 25 years.
The Russian aircraft manufacturer was ready to deliver up to 100 SSJ100 aircraft. The head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov repeatedly spoke about the interest in delivering aircraft to Iran, and the Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Industry Dmitry Rogozin did not even rule out that in case of a decision in Iran it would be possible to organize partial localization of the SSJ100 production.
But the design of the arrangements has always been hampered by the availability of components of the US production. Therefore, the delivery of the SSJ100 to Iran has always been directly linked with the approval of suppliers of components from the United States. In mid-2015, Iran, Russia, Britain, China, the United States, France and Germany reached an agreement on resolving the nuclear issue of Tehran and developed a joint plan that abolished the sanctions of the United Nations, the US and the EU imposed on Iran because of its nuclear program. Immediately after the lifting of the sanctions, the world's largest aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus agreed to supply Iranian airlines with 180 aircraft by 2020.