Hungary to Licence-Manufacture Russian Illyushin Il-103 Propeller Aircraft

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Hungary to Licence-Manufacture Russian Illyushin Il-103 Propeller Aircraft
Illyushin Il-103 Propeller Aircraft

Hungarian company Aviation Engineering Zrt will licence-manufacture a modernized version of the the Illyushin Il-103  single-engine propeller aircraft and offer in the European and international market.

An agreement was signed today for the modernization and licensed production of the 4-seater piston-engined aircraft, Il-103 between Russia’s Ilyushin and Aviation Engineering Zrt.

The modernized IL-103 will be a universal platform, on the basis of which various versions of the aircraft can be produced: training aircraft, aircraft for private use and tourism, medical emergency, transportation of passengers and cargo to hard-to-reach regions, environmental monitoring, patrolling, and agriculture, according a press release from United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) which owns Ilyushin.

The document was signed on the Russian side by the First Deputy General Director of PJSC UAC, Managing Director of PJSC “Il” Sergei Yarkovoy, and on the Hungarian side by the General Director of Aviation Engineering Zrt. Laszlo Boros.

The parties agreed to work together to develop and manufacture an improved version of the Il-103 light multipurpose aircraft at the Aviation Engineering Zrt. in Pec, Hungary.

The new Il-103 will be a modernized version of the previously operated four-seat single- engine piston passenger aircraft. It combines high aerodynamic characteristics, a spacious cabin, a reliable engine and modern avionics. The aircraft can be operated in any climatic conditions, including on short and unpaved runways. In addition, it offers the possibility of hangar-free storage.

As part of the contract, it is planned to digitize the existing design documentation and modernize the aircraft necessary for a successful entry into the general aviation market. Based on the results of ground and flight tests of the upgraded version of the Il-103 aircraft, it is planned to make a major change to the type certificates.

“This is a new interesting format for interaction with European colleagues, which will ensure the development of competencies. Our specialists are ready to provide all the necessary assistance in the implementation of the project,” stressed Sergei Yarkovoy, First Deputy General Director of PJSC UAC, Managing Director of PJSC Il.

The CEO of Aviation Engineering Zrt. Laszlo Boros commented on the signing: “It is a great honor that the UAC has found us worthy partners for joint work. Our goal is to create an aircraft that will be recognized in the world of general aviation due to its modern equipment and performance characteristics."

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