Russia’s UAC to Create Civil Aviation Division

Russia’s state-run United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is planning the creation of a civil aviation division by merging the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), the UAC-Integration Center and New Civil Technologies with the Irkut Corporation.

According to, UAC’s board of directors decided to increase efficiency and attractiveness for investors by merging subsidiaries which are responsible for developing and producing civil aircraft.

Ravil Khakimov, the recently appointed Irkut and SCAC chief executive is to take the lead in the enlarged organization and will drive the further development of the civil division.

“The division should not only be an aircraft developer and producer but also a competitive, customer-oriented provider of sales and support services as a whole throughout the life cycle of its aircraft,” he said.

UAC president Yury Slyusar says it is more productive and more attractive to investors to work on reducing risks and developing those businesses that – under the same organization – both create and sell civil aircraft.

“The reorganization of Russia’s civil aircraft producers, inspired by the flagship Superjet 100 and MC-21 projects, requires the aggregation of resources and competencies of advanced civil aviation developers. This also applies to market promotion and the strengthening of the after-sales support system for our aircraft,” Slyusar added.

Plans to create a dedicated United Aircraft Corporation civil unit first surfaced in 2017. One of the options was to set up the new branch as an independent legal entity in order to distance it from the UAC’s defense contracts, which are under Western sanctions.