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Accounts Chamber: the cost of creating an MC-21 aircraft increased 2,3 times
The Accounts Chamber checked the program for the creation of the short-medium-haul aircraft of the MS-21 family and found out that the total cost of the project in rubles increased 2,3 times, and the period for creating the MS-21-300 aircraft increased by three years. It was also postponed the decision to develop the aircraft MC-21-400.
More than 158 billion rubles have already been allocated to implement the project as a whole, and its total value before 2025 of the year is estimated at 437,4 billion rubles. According to the auditor of the Accounts Chamber Sergei Agaptsov, the project was initially launched under rather difficult conditions, when the industry had a large depreciation of fixed production assets and a high degree of dependence on imports. Probably, project managers were not able to take into account all the risk factors.
The implementation of the project required a deep modernization and technological re-equipment of the enterprises of the United Aircraft Building Corporation, first of all, the Irkutsk Aviation Plant and the Aviastar-SP Ulyanovsk. According to the press service of the Accounts Chamber, according to the results of tests, the volume of work related to the structural changes of systems and units using innovative technical solutions and technologies has increased. Irkut Corporation completed some stages of work at 6-12 months later than planned.
The change in value was influenced by the growth of the exchange rate, and significant changes to the project had to be made due to the imposition of sanctions. Now the Accounts Chamber is concerned that the timing of the work and the start of sales of the aircraft will have to be shifted once again. United Aircraft Corporation recommended to analyze the likely risks and minimize them.
These checks of the Accounts Chamber will be sent to the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Irkut Corporation, to the UAC, as well as to the chambers of the Federal Assembly.