The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine ordered the repair of RD-33 aircraft engines, Al-31F and complex electrode regulators KRD-99B. These engines are used on MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters., which are in service with the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (simplified - the Ukrainian Air Force).
The application for the repair of the above aircraft power plants caused a discussion in the Ukrainian press.. In particular, celebrated, what the repair order says, that the country's air force is going to continue to use Soviet-built combat aircraft "instead of, to focus on the possibility of upgrading the aircraft fleet by purchasing Western fighters ".
Recall, that earlier the Commander of the Air Force of Ukraine announced "the possible receipt by Ukraine of American fifth-generation F-35 fighters in the medium term". He named the terms 2035 year. Also in Kiev, the possibility of acquiring other Western-made fighters was actively discussed., including French Rafale and American F-15 and F-16.
At the moment, the tender for the repair of RD-33 engines, Al-31F became the second from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine since the beginning of the year. Officially, the customer is military unit A0215. This is the command of the Ukrainian Air Force.
At the same time, the tender itself looks like a frank formality., since the only Ukrainian enterprise certified for the repair of such power plants is the Lutsk Repair Plant "Motor". is he, for the above reason, and appointed the winner of the tender. total amount, which the Ukrainian Air Force command is going to spend on repairing engines for the MiG-29 and Su-27, is about 55,6 million hryvnia (about 150 million rubles).
A little more than a month ago, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has already transferred an order for the repair of aircraft engines to the Lutsk plant.. Then the order included RD-33, Al-31F, as well as AL-21F-3T for various modifications of the Su-24, including reconnaissance aircraft Su-24MR.