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Denis Manturov: The Government Will Consider Extending The Programs For Preferential Car Purchase And Will Support The Aviation Industry

 In Russia, the rapid recovery of the automobile market continues. Only in August it grew by 16.7 percent, according to the data of the Association of European Businesses. In many respects this is the result of programs to support demand for automotive products. Will they continue next year, "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" asked the Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov during the Eastern Economic Forum. He also spoke about the support of Russian manufacturers of aircraft and helicopters.

Denis Valentinovich, will the cost of cars be increased, for which it is possible to obtain a soft loan?

Denis Manturov: This year, the cost of a car under special programs to support the car industry has already been increased from 1.1 million to 1.4 million rubles. Until 2018, the government decided not to extend the program. If such a decision is made, then it will be possible to talk about what the maximum cost of the car will be, but not earlier.

In any case, today the prices for cars are relatively stable given the fact that the ruble rate keeps its positions already within a year, it even strengthened. Tendencies to the increase in the prices of components are not expected.

We expect that already implemented programs to support demand will give a good add-on to the positive dynamics that is shaping up today in the automotive market. Thanks to the existing support measures in 2017, already sold more than half a million cars, more precisely 542 036. In fact, every second car is sold using support tools. These are cars bought not only with the help of preferential auto loans, but also under the programs "Family car", "First car", "Russian tractor", "Russian farmer" and "Your business". They had about 28 thousand cars. I think this is a very good start, considering that the programs are launched only in July.

The government decided to support and develop unmanned vehicles. When will the technical regulations be developed for him?

Denis Manturov: It takes time to create infrastructure and regulations. All we decide not only we, we need to work with the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC). This large-scale work, which is also carried out according to the rules of the Industrial Electronics Society (IECON), to which Russia is a member. And those rules and norms that are being implemented by IECON, we will also implement in the Russian market and in the countries of the EAGE. We are also working with the European Union to harmonize new requirements for electric vehicles (within the framework of UN rules) and formulate requirements for electric vehicles in the technical regulations of the Customs Union.

When will we have a full infrastructure for unmanned vehicles?

Denis Manturov: It is very important to create an infrastructure for unmanned transport, but this is not the case today. It is too early to talk about launching unmanned vehicles on public roads. First, we need to develop basic technical regulations, requirements for the modernization of road networks, to test the unmanned vehicles themselves in a closed territory. Now we are working with colleagues from the Ministry of Transport and FSUE NAMI to organize a closed system for the operation of unmanned vehicles on landfills or on campuses. For example, we are now with you on the student campus of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). There are transitions, sidewalks, marking, in general, all the necessary road infrastructure. At the same time, there is no crossing with public roads,

The obligation of the airline to have at least three Russian aircraft will increase sales by 10 percent

And when will the unmanned transport go to FEFU?

Denis Manturov: It all depends on how much the colleagues are interested. We will not impose this on anyone. If there is a desire to use electric unmanned vehicles, we will only contribute to this. Subsidies for electric transport are already in place, and I think we will develop this tool in the future.

The Ka-62 helicopter was presented at the forum in Vladivostok. When will its certification tests begin?

Denis Manturov: Certification of ground and flight tests will begin next year. We proceed from the assumption that the general cycle will take almost a year and a half, after which the machine will be ready to start commercial supplies. By the end of 2019, we already expect to receive a certificate of airworthiness for transport, passenger and passenger aviation.

Now there are factory tests. Two flight patterns were made. The first car already participated in the factory tests and performed a round-robin flight at a speed of 110 km / h for a period of 15 minutes. The second flight model is presented at the WEF. Next year, a third car will be manufactured.

And the international certificate?

Denis Manturov: We will try to do the international certificate in parallel. We will submit the application at the same time. We will proceed from the fact that colleagues should complete all procedures at about the same time, well, maximum in 2020, then we will be able to offer this modern high-tech helicopter to customers. I am confident that it will be in demand on the domestic and foreign markets.

And what about the orders for the Ka-52 combat helicopters?

Denis Manturov: We have a signed contract for the delivery of 46 Ka-52 helicopters to Egypt. The flight crew training program for the Egyptian Armed Forces is already being completed. Their representatives are now located nearby - in Arsenyev Primorsky Territory. And the next batch of helicopters will just be shipped within the next few days. In addition, now we are testing the Ka-52K helicopter, we are ready to start its serial production in the coming years.

The Ministry of Transport proposes to oblige the air carrier, who wants to start flights in Russia, to have at least three domestic aircraft in its fleet not older than five years old. How will this affect the Russian fleet?

Denis Manturov: We support this initiative in every possible way. And we believe that the preferences that are being made for the Russian aircraft manufacturer contribute to the development of the aviation industry and, in particular, to the increased seriality of modern Russian-made aircraft.

How much will the portfolio of orders for the MS-21 and Superjet100 grow?

Denis Manturov: For the SSJ100 and MS-21 aircraft, the initiative will give about 10-15 percent of the additional volume along with international customers who also have preliminary contracts for the MS-21 and SSJ100. Thus, the portfolio of firm orders for MS-21 aircraft is 175 cars. These are firm contracts for which advance payments have already been received. And if the SSJ100 is already familiar to air carriers, including foreign ones, the MS-21 has not even started flying yet, and the order book is already enough to launch mass production.

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