“Kommersant” has learned of a possible failure of the Ministry of defense of the Tu-154

The Ministry of defense may waive the operation of aircraft Tu-154, Tu-134 and Il-62M, told “Kommersant” sources close to the leadership of the Department, and several top managers of aviation enterprises.

According to them, defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has instructed to consider the possibility of replacing the aircraft during a meeting in early January. Then up the matter with the Deputy Shoigu for armaments Yuri Borisov

“Now there are consultations with the industry, selected best options,” — said in the defense Ministry.

In a press-service of the Ministry of industry and trade publication said that “no documents from the defense Ministry to the Ministry had not received”. The Agency noted that enterprises of the United aircraft Corporation (UAC) can supply for the defense Ministry, Tu-214, Tu-204SM, Superjet 100 and Il-96-300. In a press-service of the KLA refused to comment on the publication.

The top Manager of the aviation company said that the KLA has already offered the defense Ministry to replace the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and Tu-214.

“To replace the Tu-134 can go short-haul SSJ-100, and instead of Il-62 and Tu-154 — longer-range Tu-214. This issue is worked out by the military,” — said the source publication.

According to him, now the Agency and the UAC needs to determine which aircraft will be first taken out of operation, and build the production schedule.

The interlocutors of “Kommersant” find best such cooperation. According to one of them, the potential contract for the supply of Tu-214 important for the Kazan aviation plant until 2020. After that the Ministry of defence expects to use its capacity for production of strategic bombers Tu-160M2.

Order the SSJ-100 will allow you to promote the plane on foreign markets, said a source close to the KLA. “This is good advertising,” he said, adding that it will also bring profit “Civil planes Dry”.

However, a source in the defense Ministry said that Shoigu instructed to study the question of a replacement aircraft so that the Agency has not asked the government for more funding. The exact timing of the replacement of the fleet in the instruction do not indicate the source said, “Kommersant”.

The publication writes that the reason for the possible cancellation of the Tu-154, Tu-134 and Il-62M became the crash of the Tu-154 near Sochi in the end of December last year. Then killed 92 people. The plane, on Board of which were the performers of the Alexandrov ensemble, the head of the Fund “Fair aid” Elizabeth Glinka, employees of the defense Ministry and journalists, flew to the base Hamim in Syria.

The newspaper notes that the Ministry of defence operates 14 aircraft Tu-154B-2 (1979-1985 years of release), seven Tu-154M (1986-2012 years), 36 Tu-134A and Tu-134A-3 (1975-1983 years) and nine Il-62 (1977-1992). Planes are used for flights of the Ministry and top military commanders from Chkalovsky air base, and to transport personnel. Liners perform both international and domestic flights.