The Russian aerospace industry is now at an intersection of three roads. The first is a self-sufficient restructuring of the aircraft branch so that it can manufacture competitive 21st-century equipment.This policy would require immense injections of funds by the state along with a rigorous protection of the domestic market and the preservation of leading state-owned enterprises of the branch.
The second road leads to a speedy involvement in the international division of labor, transparency of domestic production and air cargo traffic, and the privatization of the industry in order to attract domestic and foreign investment for its restructuring based on advanced technologies.
The third road passes between the first two, and all indicates that the Russian aviation and space complex is most likely to choose this third option: every possible help the state can muster plus scientific, technological and production cooperation with major Western companies in individual sectors of the space and aviation industry.
In this issue Diplomat highlights for its readers some problems of international cooperation of the Russian aerospace branch.