Posted: 22.05.2024 17:06:19

Deputy PM: Belarus-Russia Osvey aircraft will be produced in 2026

Commenting on the results of the meeting of the joint working group on co-operation between Belarus and Tatarstan held in Nizhnekamsk, Belarus’ Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Parkhomchik announced plans for bilateral co-operation

The three-day working visit of Piotr Parkhomchik to Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan has ended today. As reported by the Belarusian Government's press service, a meeting of the joint working group on co-operation between Belarus and Tatarstan was held in Nizhnekamsk, and the parties discussed a wide range of issues of interaction in the field of industry, industrial co-operation, and prospects for co-operation between industrial enterprises.

The industrial block of Belarus was represented in Tatarstan by Industry Minister Aleksandr Rogozhnik and heads of the country’s major industrial holdings. The parties discussed practical aspects of further expansion of bilateral multifaceted co-operation. They also expressed readiness to increase the range of product supplies, use the full potential of co-operation, and confirmed their mutual interest in further expanding practical liaisons.

Commenting on the results of the meeting of the joint working group on co-operation, Mr. Parkhomchik informed on the interaction with Tatarstan in the field of aircraft construction. According to him, for many years, two Belarusian enterprises have been engaged in repair, warranty, and maintenance of aviation equipment, “The time has come when we need to develop this issue more seriously. We are receiving a great number of offers from the Russian Federation for the production of aviation components, and it is one of the directions that we will implement on the basis of Minsk Civil Aviation Plant No. 407 and the Kazan Aviation Plant. The project embraces a wide range of aspects and competencies.” He added that the Belarusian side needs to create certain production facilities in the near future in order to solve this problem.

Another project concerns the implementation of plans on the creation of a small 19-seat Osvey aircraft in Belarus. “We are working together with our Russian partners at the aircraft development stage, and – accordingly – we will have the right to produce this plane. By now, Russia has placed an order to produce 90 aircraft in the near future,” the Deputy PM added.

Mr. Parkhomchik noted that this work is currently underway at the 558th aviation repair plant. “The task has been set to produce the first prototype developed jointly with our Russian partners in 2026," he said.

Following the results of the Belarusian delegation’s visit to Tatarstan, contracts worth about $80m were signed. In particular, agreements were reached on the supply of MAZ passenger vehicles to the region [buses and trolleybuses], MTZ and Gomselmash agricultural machinery, as well as products of Minsk Motor Plant and Belarusian Metallurgical Plant.

It has been noted by the Government that Belarus and Tatarstan have developed constructive business relations, and they enjoy a high potential. In turn, the visit has confirmed the interest of the parties in deepening economic relations and business partnership.