On May 13, during his working visit to Tatarstan, Russian President Vladimir Putin together with Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov, Russian Minister of Emergency Situations Sergey Shoygu, Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Volga Federal District Igor Komarov, Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov and Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov visited the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant.
At a demonstration site of the enterprise, Putin familiarized himself with the latest aircraft models. In particular, he was shown the modernized Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bomber and Tu-22M3 long-range missile-carrying bomber. The President was also shown a Mi-38T helicopter designed for the Airborne Troops, a Mi-8 MTV-5-1 military transport helicopter, and two versions of Ansat rotary-wing aircraft - with medical unit and for transportation of passengers.
Then, Putin got acquainted with the progress made in the modernization of production facilities of the Kazan Aviation Plant. The reconstruction of the airfield base is the most ambitious of the projects being implemented today. The Russian President was also told about the experience in introducing digital technology of computer-aided design and technological preparation of aircraft production, was shown a laser workshop, where high-precision production of parts is carried out.
At his meeting with employees of the plant, Putin noted that the enterprise had undergone dynamic transformation. He reminded that a contract for 10 Tu-160 missile-carrying bombers was signed early last year and added that even more aircrafts may be ordered.
Putin stressed that in the 1990s the company went through challenging times, but today production facilities are actively modernized, new machines are installed and the plant has orders.
The Head of the state also offered to honour the memory of Vitaly Kopylov, who headed the plant in the crisis 1990s. “I hope that these tragic years, the mid-1990s, and the most tragic year of 1995, will never repeat in our history or in the future of your enterprise. By the way, it would be correct to honour the memory of the outstanding director and aircraft manufacturer, your former CEO Vitaly Kopylov,” Putin stressed.