R.E.Alexeev’s Hydrofoil Design Bureau from Nizhniy Novgorod...

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Source: NIA “Nizhny Novgorod”, dated from February 10, 2017.

JSC “R.E.Alexeev’s Hydrofoil Design Bureau (Nizhny Novgorod) plans to finish the technical design of ekranoplane “Chaika-2” (A-050-742d) in 2017. The Director for innovative development, marketing and foreign trade if Hydrofoil Design Bureau told reporters about this on February 10, 2017.

According to him, after the finishing of technical design, the company together with its strategic partners and coinvestors will consider the beginning of building of the first sample of ekranoplane. Sergey Korolev noted that one of the main partners is company from Saint-Petersburg “Radar MMS”, which specializes in design of navigation equipment for sea passenger ekranoplane “Chaika-2”.

Answering the question about the beginning of serial building of ekranoplane, Korolev noted that it will be possible to talk about it, when the demand for this product will be clear.

Today Hydrofoil Design Bureau carries out the negotiation for this transport with our potential partenrs, including Gazprom, Rosneft and Roscosmos. In addition to this, we work on the issue of the use of this ekranoplane near the cosmodrome “Vostochny” together with the company “Roscosmos”, - said Sergey Korolev.

‘Inouropinion, thisekranoplanecanbeusedascargo-passengermodification, aswellasmeansofsalvationensuring. May be it will be interesting for the Emergency Ministry”, - said Mr. Korolev.

He also added that Hydrofoil Design Bureau negotiates for this project with the potential customers from abroad, including countries from South-East Asia and Persian Gulf.

The company’s representative did not answer the question than Hydrofoil Design Bureau can start the building of the first headmost sample, stressing that this requires funds, but this issue in not yet resolved.

“The money can come in three ways: if the building in invented by the state, it the shareholders invest their own money or if we find co-investors”, - said Mr. Korolev.

He also noted that by the completion of the technical design, there will be adjusted and re-collected lists of purchased materials, then it will be kmown the final price of the ekrnaoplane, the 100% building of which is assumed from national components. Mt.Korolev stressed that the price of one unit of this transport will be comparable to the price of the aircraft IL-114 or IL-18.