“Russia Russia Russia!!!” is all we’ve heard for the past few days–how many members of the media or former defense/intelligence officials are screaming about Boeing executives signing about $40 billion in contracts with Russian companies over the same period?
The US also criticized Germany for their NordStream2 pipeline–but Boeing is selling Russian companies freight jets which will primarily be used to transport oil equipment.
Notice you must visit 2 Russian sites (RT and Sputnik) to piece the deals together to get the $39 billion total…no US MSM has covered these deals in their totality. Search: Boeing Russia
A Russian company, which specializes in transporting enormous items such as military and oilfield equipment, has signed a deal to buy $12 billion worth of cargo planes from Boeing. The planes will replace Volga-Dnepr Group’s aging fleet of Antonov aircraft.
The deal, announced at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in Britain, includes an order for five Boeing 747-8 Freighters — worth US$2 billion and a letter of intent to acquire 29 Boeing 777 Freighters, worth US$9.8 billion.
Volga-Dnepr Group and its UK-based subsidiary CargoLogic Holding also signed a package of agreements with Boeing for crew management and future development.
Volga-Dnepr Group is known for its fleet of huge Antonov An-124 Ruslan planes, but the Ukraine-based company, who date back to the Soviet Union, have closed down production and forced Russian companies to look elsewhere.
American aircraft giant Boeing will spend billions of dollars in the next 30 years on direct purchases in Russia, President of Boeing in Russia and the CIS Sergey Kravchenko told TASS.
“Out of $27 billion that we are planning to spend on direct purchases in Russia within the next 30 years, $18 billion accounts for titanium purchases,” he said.
At the moment, the company buys most of its titanium products from Russia’s VSMPO-Avisma, which is the world’s largest producer of titanium and titanium parts. The contract expires in 2022…..
According to Kravchenko, Russian titanium will be mainly used for the production of the B777 and B787 Dreamliner…..
The Dreamliner does not contain any conventional aluminum and steel, according to Kravchenko. “It is made half of advanced composites and 15 percent of titanium. Russian titanium. About fifty parts of that most up-to-date passenger liner are produced in our country,” he said.
Titanium parts are produced at the metallurgical plant in Russia’s small Ural town of Verkhnaya Salda. Industrial work with titanium began simultaneously in the US and USSR in the 1950s. However, only Russia has been successful in producing high quality titanium alloys.
Everything starts from titanium sponge, which is fresh raw material. Before it becomes the Dreamliner’s landing gears, the titanium spends 16 hours in the furnace under the careful watch of a melting operator. “Winged metal” should not have any pores. Even a microscopic defect can lead to a flight accident. The largest forgings are used for gears. The Russian plant produces titanium parts for two airplane competitors – Boeing-787 and Airbus A380.