Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
I welcome the participants and guests of the first Eurasian Aerospace Congress.
The Congress introduces the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015, which is a major platform for the demonstration of the achievements of the Russian aviation and space industries. The expositions of the leading integrated entities will give the idea of the military equipment samples to be used by our army and navy, what planes and helicopters will carry out air transportation in this country, what rocket vehicles will enable us to explore space and what new satellites are coming.
Today we are to look at achieving the targets set in the governmental program documents, from the standpoint of the managers who are tasked with orchestrating the work of the industry, fulfilling the set objectives in time, with the prescribed quality and within the allocated budgets, rather than from the standpoint of aircraft performance and task-setting by engineers and designers.
The Roscosmos State Corporation establishment will generally finalize the consolidation of aerospace assets. The next stage is to enhance its efficiency, to strip off overlapping functions and excessive internal competition.
We continue consistent upgrading of production facilities, relying on the cutting-edge technological concepts, the application of robototronics, development of additive technologies. We optimize cooperation inside integrated entities, create centres of competencies to serve interests of different corporations. We introduce ‘lean production’ in certain enterprises by recollecting the scientific labor organization principles.
While some production upgrading problems can be overcome by regular financing, establishment of communications becomes of paramount importance in building up an efficient link between science and industry. We need a system for applied research management and prompt implementation of the deliverables. Building bridges between the scientific community and the manufacturing sector will be one of the key goals for general designers. Re-establishing this institution, we task it with the revival and strengthening of scientific schools in the defense industry.
The Congress program focus on the global cooperation development is very timely. With economic globalization, it becomes increasingly more difficult to overcome technological and financial barriers all by ourselves. It is difficult to pay back multi-billion investments into the creation of new generation equipment on national markets only. All this necessitates the establishment of alliances that multiply our scientific, intellectual, production and financial potential.
I am sure you will be able to find solutions to urgent problems and to elaborate the decisions that will help strengthen our aerospace industry and promote international cooperation, in the interesting dialogue in such representative audience.
I wish fruitful work and useful contacts to all of the Congress participants.
Samara Region Governor
Dear participants of the Eurasian Aerospace Congress,
In April 2012, the innovative territorial aerospace cluster took shape in the Samara Region. Its distinctive feature is that the cluster integrates virtually all key areas of the aerospace industry – missile and plane construction, engine construction, construction of small spacecrafts. On the one hand, such integration of all key fields of the aerospace industry in one cluster is a major competitive advantage. On the other, one cannot fully take advantage of this without cooperation and development of partnership (first of all, international).
The Samara Region is the key aerospace center not only in Russia but worldwide. All human-piloted flights are made in booster vehicles with Samara engines.
The experience of our predecessors, the continuity of missile builder generations, the governmental support enable to create the best conditions for gradual progress, bringing the national aerospace industry to the entirely new development level.
The Eurasian Aerospace Congress is intended to enhance the aerospace cooperation in Eurasia, to open new prospects for international aerospace cooperation development for Russia.
The Congress activities are aimed to align the East and West standpoint in space exploration, development of the global aerospace industry for the benefit of future generations.
Positioning of Russia as the standing “contact centre” in the aerospace industry in the Eurasian territory should be an important result of the Congress.
We believe the Congress will become a major business event of the industry in Eastern Europe and a landmark event in Eurasia.
Chairman of the council,
Eurasian Partnership of Aerospace Clusters
The aerospace sector development in the 21st century is unthinkable without global cooperation, close links between authorities, the scientific and business community and service consumers. Such landmark projects as the creation and operation of the International Space Station are possible by joint efforts of many countries only. So, when drawing ambitious plans of Lunar and Martian expeditions, the Solar System exploration, the commercial use of satellite technologies, the design of promising aircraft, it is necessary to lay down the solid foundation of global and inter-regional cooperation.
Historically, aerospace enterprises developed as territorial clusters. Both in the post-Soviet territory and in the European Union, the leading enterprises and companies were followed by the train of partner companies specializing in personnel training, technological and infrastructural concepts. With high-tech programs and projects becoming much more complicated and expensive, the urgent need arose to shift from direct competition to cooperation, not only at the level of corporations but also at the level of clusters.
Our European partners have long understood the need in uniting, and horizontal links between aerospace clusters of the European nations developed parallel to the political integration. Similar processes in the post-Soviet territory were inevitable and, with the Eurasian Partnership of Aerospace Clusters establishment two years ago, the industry obtained a stable information and communications platform for interaction between enterprises of the aerospace and aviation industry.
Having gone a long way since its formation, the Partnership widens and new members of the Eurasian Partnership of Aerospace Clusters are expected join at the Eurasian Aerospace Congress. The partnership is intended to build efficient communications between partner clusters, enterprises of the industry, to create conditions for joint elaboration of decisions on urgent issues the industry faces.
The Russian aircraft construction has finalized integration and the structures created within it are at the stage of fine-tuning, efficiency enhancement, and integration into the global market. The recently consolidated Russian space industry is still to implement a difficult and long stage of restructuring of its internal processes. By joining the intellectual potential, we will be able to elaborate the solutions that will help create a competitive corporation and a global leader.
I am sure that the Eurasian Aerospace Congress will focus on this particular issue of promotion of an earnest dialogue to achieve our common goal – the sustainable development of the aerospace industry.
On behalf of the Eurasian Aerospace Congress arrangers, I wish the Congress participants and guests fruitful work, new useful contacts and purposeful discussions to facilitate the equitable and mutually advantageous cooperation in our industry.