This is one of those rare cases where you can try the product of the factory while you fly to it. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin flew the Sukhoi Superjet-100 to Novosibirsk, and within a few hours was able to see how the plane was made. In this Novosibirsk factory, the head and tail of the fuselage of Russia’s newest airliner are being built. 20 of these aircraft are planned for this year, while by 2014, the plan is to produce 3 times that amount.
But most important for the Deputy Prime Minister was the production line of the Su-34 front-line bomber. 12 Su-34’s are already in service with the Russian air-force, part of a contract for 32 aircraft. The plan is to make this aircraft the main force behind Russia’s frontal aviation. The journalists were not allowed to peak inside the su-34’s cockpit, while Dmitri Rogozin promised that the orders for this aircraft would grow, as well as the salaries and job openings. Very soon, many young specialists will be needed. By 2020, 70% of Russia’s military is to be modernized, and this factory will play a key part in that.