26 May 2022 11:01

Irkut files 67-mln-ruble claim against German partner in MC-21 program

MOSCOW. May 26 (Interfax) - PJSC Irkut Corporation has filed a claim against the German company NMB-Minebea-GmbH with the Arbitration Court of Moscow, according to materials in the court database.

The claim for over 67 million rubles was registered on May 25. Materials that would explain the claim's essence have yet to be published.

Irkut carries out serial production of Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter jets and Yakovlev Yak-130 combat trainers. It is the designer of a family of MC-21 passenger jetliners and a member of Rostec's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).

The company website describes NMB-Minebea-GmbH as "the main European distributor" of MinebeaMitsumi Group, Japanese manufacturer of mechanical components and electronic devices.

The UAC said in its report for 2014 that an agreement had been signed with NMB-Minebea-GmbH to provide material and technical support to the MC-21-300 prototypes during test flights.

The Western sanctions imposed on Russia since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine ban the delivery of systems and component parts for the production and maintenance of aircraft. The Russian aircraft industry has stopped receiving foreign components even under pre-paid orders, which are now on hold, as Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said. According to Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov, serial production of MC-21 will be delayed by a year or two due to the sanctions.