10 Jul 2019 17:11

Russian government signs agreement with Rosatom on creation of new materials and substances

MOSCOW. July 10 (Interfax) - The Russian agreement has signed an agreement of intent with the Rosatom state corporation regarding "technologies for the creation of new materials and substances."

The document was signed by Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov and Ivan Kamenskikh, Rosatom's First Deputy Director General for Nuclear Weapons, in Moscow in Wednesday.

One of the Rosatom's areas of focus in terms of prospective materials and cutting-edge technologies is production of polymer composite materials based on carbon fiber. Domestic carbon fiber production technologies were developed in the 1980s at nuclear sector enterprises. Polymer composites are used in the air and space and nuclear industries, in auto manufacturing, electricity generation, construction, shipbuilding, machine building, pipeline transport and consumer goods.

As reported, U.S. sanctions against the AeroComposit company, part of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and ONPP Technologiya, a part of the Rostec state corporation, have jeopardized the creation of a composite "black wing" for the MC-21, the first mid-range airliner developed in post-Soviet Russia, national daily Kommersant reported in January. A number of components for the composites used for the wing and part of the MC-21's tailfin came from the United States and Japan, but deliveries stopped recently under pressure from Washington, the newspaper's sources said then. This refers to components made by Hexcel of the U.S. and Japan's Toray Industries.

It is expected that the principal supplier of composite materials for the MC-21 will be Rosatom and OEZ Alabuga.