According to the official document, almost 100 targets are added to the list, including 70 entities and 29 individuals. The goal is to strike the country’s defense industry in an effort to weaken Putin’s war capabilities. Rostec, the giant state-owned enterprise with subsidiaries in strategic industries such as defense, aviation, automotive, and metals, is now sanctioned by the entire Western world (from the U.S., UK, and EU to Australia, New Zealand, and Canada), which further isolates Russia.
This will affect the production of all Russian aircraft, from the future airliner MC-21-300 to the military TU-214. United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Irkut, Sukhoi, the Ilyushin Design Bureau, and the Tupolev Design Bureau are all targeted. Ch-aviation reports that transactions related to sanctioned entities “but located wholly outside of Russia and used solely for civilian purposes” are exempted.
Back in December 2021, Russia was proudly announcing the successful flight of the MC-21-300, a medium-haul airliner boasting domestically-developed composite wings. It was supposed to be a big step towards a robust aerospace local industry that would no longer depend on foreign aircraft parts. At the moment, it seems hard to believe that Kremlin will have the funds to boost this sector even more, as it recently boasted. And these recent sanctions are another blow that makes this even less likely.