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11 December 2013

Ufa Research and Development Enterprise 'Molniya', a part of Aviation Equipment, is the leading design centre for electric ignition systems used in jet thrusters, aircraft and rocket engines. The enterprise also designs electric thrust control systems', said Vyacheslav Kamalov, Deputy CEO of Molniya. 'Two new centres of excellence will build on existing research, design and production capabilities. One of the centres will focus on electric ignition systems for all types of aircraft engines, while the other will work on electric control units for fire detection and suppression, oxygen supply, and anti-icing systems.'

In the future, Molniya open a third centre of excellence to test aircraft components for lightning resistance, electromagnetic interference and high-intensity fields.

'New centres of excellence in Bashkortostan will develop our competencies in production and testing of innovative products, they will create new opportunities for cooperation and help the industry in the Republic find the best technical and managerial solutions. We are working together with Aviation Equipment to foster innovations and develop the capabilities to manufacture competitive state-of-the-art products', said the Minister for Industry and Innovation Policy of the Bashkortostan Republic, Alexey Karpukhin.

Aviation Equipment is also putting a lot of effort into creating centres for engineering innovations. 'Engineering innovation centres facilitate in-house cooperation, they will create a single platform bringing together production and competent personnel,' announced Deputy CEO for Technical Development, Alexander Kosov. 'This will help us to maximize performance of fixed assets and significantly reduce the cost of out products.'

New centres will help to cut costs for the production of advanced systems and components supplied to the Russian aviation industry. Just one of these centres will generate over 200 million roubles in economic benefit (though the reduction of production and payroll-associated costs). The expected improvement in productivity will be tenfold compared to the average production performance, which will take the company to the level demonstrated by the leading aircraft manufacturers.

Engineering innovations centre is already being set up at the Aggregate Enterprise in Ufa and the Aviaagregat plant in Samara. The future centre of excellence in Ufa will fully satisfy the in-house demand for intermediate cast products. The engineering and machining innovation centre in Samara will concentrate on efficient process design, as well as on the manufacturing of hydraulic cylinders and other components.

'Molniya' , a part of the Rostec's Aviation Equipment, is a leading designer and manufacturer of aircraft digital control systems, electric ignition systems and power units. Many state-of-the-art aircraft operated by the Russian Air Force are built using systems and components developed by Molniya.

Gidravlika Aggregate Enterprise was a successor to the Rzhev factory of gaskets and packing materials, which was relocated to Ufa during World War II. Gidravlika designs and manufactures flexible metal and fluoropolymer sleeves and compensators, as well as producing aircraft components and hydraulic filters. The facility also makes fuel, oil, and air gas-turbine engines and units. Products made by the company are widely used in aerospace engineering. They are installed on aircraft and helicopters designed by Tupolev, Antonov, Ilyushin, Yakovlev, Mikoyan and Sukhoi bureaus.

Aviation Equipment specializes in the development, production and after-sales support of aircraft systems and components. The holding also manufactures parts and components for various industries, such as automotive, transport, power and oil and gas. Aviation Equipment owns 35 production facilities across Russia, including Moscow, Moscow Region, Ufa, Samara, Ulyanovsk, Omsk, Arkhangelsk Region and others. The holding is part of the Rostec State Corporation. Some of the holding's key partners include UAC Helicopters of Russia, United Engine-Building Corporation, Russian Railways, AvtoVAZ, Gazprom, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, S7 Airlines, UTair, and Rossiya Russian Airlines.

Rostekhnologii State Corporation (Rostec) is a Russian corporation established in 2007 to promote the development, production and export of hi-tech industrial products for the civil and defence sectors. It brings together 663 entities consolidated into 13 holding companies, with eight companies operating in the defence industry and five in the civil sector. Rostec-owned companies are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2012, Rostec's revenue amounted to 931 billion roubles with a net profit of 38.5 billion roubles. The company paid more than 109 billion roubles in tax.