Be-200 – Russia’s aviation breakthrough

Oleg Demchenko
President, Irkut Aviation Corporation

1944 - Born in North Kazakhstan region
1968 - Graduates, Kuibyshev Aviation Institute
1987 - Graduates, Academy of National Economy
1991 - Holds different executive positions including Chief of Main Directorate, Aviation Industry Ministry
1992 - First Deputy Chief Designer, Yakovlev Design Bureau
1994 - President, General Director, JSC Yakovlev Design Bureau
2001 - President, Board Chairman, JSC Yakovlev Design Bureau
2003 - General Director and General Designer, JSC Yakovlev Design Bureau
2005 - President, JSC IRKUT Corporation

The Russian Be-200 amphibious aircraft showed excellent performance when it helped extinguishing the devastating forest fires in Greece this summer. A number of European countries are willing to buy it. What are the prospects for developing the Russian Aviation industry and what are the main problems? To answer these questions our guest in the studio today is the man, who builds the planes - President of Irkut Aviation Corporation, Oleg Demchenko.