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Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC)* and Thales (*) lead contractor
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Description: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA), a subsidiary of Sukhoi design bureau, is developing the Russian Regional Jet (RRJ) to fit into the regional and short-to-medium range routes market. The RRJ family of aircraft will be capable of seating 60, 75 or 95 passengers using a twin-engine airplane layout and varying the fuselage length while sharing the maximum number of components and systems among variants. The 95 percent of airframe, power plant, wing, flight deck and main systems commonality in the RRJ 60, RRJ 75 and RRJ 95 jetliners is the centerpiece of the RRJ. The program is projected to last over 10-15 years with first aircraft deliveries to western airlines scheduled for 2007/2008. The RRJ development is valued at $700 million.
Thales signed an agreement worth 70 million euros with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft to provide avionics for the new RRJ airplane on December 15, 2004. The avionics suite provided by Thales - which includes cockpit display, communication, navigation and surveillance systems - will be integrated into all RRJ models. The RRJ cockpit configuration will be similar to the Airbus A380 superjumbo. Boeing was providing support on the RRJ development. Liebherr-Aerospace SAS and many other suppliers have signed agreements on the RRJ program which is expected to boost the Russian aeronautic industry recovery. On 19 August 2005 Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica subsidiary, agreed to purchase at least 25 percent of SCA making possible a future RRJ production line in Italy.
The SSJ100B is an upgraded variant intended to compete with the Airbus A220 and Embraer E190-E2 family of regional jetliners. The SSJ100B will feature a more powerful SaM146-1S18 turbofan engines, improved avionics and winglets to achieve a more fuel efficient airplane. The SSJ100B airliner is expected to enter revenue service in the early 2020s.
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