AVIAKOR AVIATSIONNOYE ZAVOD OAO (Aviacor Aviation Depot JSC)
Founded in Voronezh during the 1930s and evacuated to Kuybishev (Samara) during Second World War, Aviacor (formerly GAZ 18) previously built the Tupolev Tu-154 three-turbofan transport. It has manufactured the Molniya-1 six-seat light aircraft and an air cushion vehicle derivative, and will produce the Tupolev Tu-354. It was also earmarked to build the Ukranian Antonov An-70 and An-140 in Russia and to assist RSK MiG with the Tu-334. The first An-140 (of six in initial batch) was rescheduled for construction in first quarter of 2002, but detailed discussions on a production timetable and contracts for delivery were not held with Antonov until 5 December 2001, implying futher delay. None had emerged by early 2003.
It was announced in September 2001 that An-70 assembly had been reallocated to Polyot because of Aviacor's inability to provide start-up funding. Two new aircraft, known only as the Aist-2 and Aist-4, were reported to be under development, but nothing further has been heard. Subsidiary businesses are Aviacor-Service and Aviacor Repair. Company overhauls Tu-95MS strategic bombers and Tu-154 airliners (15 in 2000). Group members employ Westernised form of company name in place of direct transliteration, Aviakor.
The Kasatik light twin, developed by the co-located Feniks (Phoenix) Design Bureau during the 1990s, continues to benefit from intermittent promotion and, presumably, production. An example was shown at Moscow in August 2003.
Russian government shareholding is 25.5 per cent; controlling interest held by Siberian Aluminium Group since 1998. Undertakes subcontract work for Airbus and Boeing. Personnel in 2000 numbered some 4,000.