The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced it will procure 18 Czech-designed L-410 Turbolet short-range, twin-engined, short take-off and landing (STOL) capable transport aircraft for an undisclosed price from the Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UZGA) in Yekaterinburg, where the aircraft are assembled under licence.
“We have a firm contract for 18 aircraft. We intend to use them in complicated meteorological conditions for landing on water and snow. We also plan to use this modification [of the aircraft] for special operations,” Deputy Defence Minister General Yuri Borisov told Russia’s TASS News Agency during a visit to the UZGA facility on 25 December 2017.
TASS reported that UZGA intends to equip the locally assembled L-410 with Russian avionics and modify the already robust airframe to enable the aircraft to land on snow, water, and on soft, austere surfaces such as grass and tundra.
In 2013, Aircraft Industries, a subsidiary of the publicly listed Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UGMK), owned by Uzbek-born Russian oligarch Iskander Makhmudov, has held a 100% stake in the financially troubled Let Kunovice.
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