Russiansjoin US jet market

TheGuardian, 9 February 2004

Irkut, maker of Sukhoi fighter jets, has made post-cold war history by becoming the first Russian aerospace firm to break into thelucrative American market. The group, which is planning to float in London andMoscow this summer, has signed a $200m contract to supply eight Beriev Be-200amphibious jets to a fire-fighting company for missions on the US west coast.The planes, powered with Rolls-Royce engines, are to be delivered to Hawkins& Powers Aviation in a deal backed by EADS, the European aerospace anddefence group targeting the US defence market for growth, and Rolls-Royce. 

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