ZHUKOVSKY, August 17 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who attended the 10th International Aerospace Show MAKS-2011 on Wednesday, stated that “Zhukovsky is to host our national center of aircraft building, which will include the leading design bureaus and research institutes, experimental plants.”
“On the basis of this center there will be formed an innovative core of the domestic aircraft industry, as we hope – a research and manufacturing world-class cluster with the necessary educational, social and transport infrastructures,” said the prime minister.
Putin recalled that a new road, laid to Zhukovsky, was already open to traffic. The work, including the construction of two bridges, took just over a year, and guests of the MAKS-2011 air show had already used that route. The head of government expressed the hope that by the next MAKS, to be held in 2013, there will emerge a new building of the headquarters of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation and other facilities of the national aircraft-building center.
Putin said the government was considering creation of an aviation history museum at the same site.