The restrictions have prompted the development of domestic components, according to the prime minister  FILE PHOTO: A prototype of the Russian short-haul aircraft SJ-100, manufactured by the Production Center of Yakovlev PJSC is seen after its first flight, in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk region, Russia. © Sputnik / United Aircraft Corporation

The sanctions imposed by the West have accelerated the revival of Russia’s industrial and technological prowess, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin stated on Wednesday.

Speaking at the international Russia EXPO exhibition, Mishustin noted that the numerous packages of sanctions “pumped out by the West have not led to the collapse of the Russian economy, as their authors expected,” adding that the country’s gross domestic product is expected to grow by 3% this year.

Russia continues strengthening its technological sovereignty and is in a position to “restore its status as a great scientific and technological power,” the prime minister stated.

The restrictions have helped speed up the revival of Russian aircraft manufacturing, including the development of domestic landing gear, engines, avionics, electrical components, and composite parts, he added.

Russia has been striving to develop a substitute for imported planes since the introduction of Western sanctions related to Ukraine. Leading aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus were forced to stop providing parts, maintenance, and technical support to airlines and maintenance companies in Russia.

“There are still questions left concerning the replacement of foreign components. But we can handle everything. And our engineers and designers are working hard on this,” the prime minister noted.

Among domestic aircraft under development are the single-aisle MC-21 airliner, which is currently undergoing trials, and the Sukhoi Superjet New, a version of the Superjet 100 regional jet made entirely from Russian-produced components.

According to government estimates, it will take up to five years to set up serial production of Russian-made planes to replace foreign aircraft.

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