Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has appointed General Director of the Sukhoi and MiG aircraft companies Mikhail Pogosyan as head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich said Monday.
Pogosyan will replace current UAC President Alexei Fyodorov, who will lose his post for failing to implement Medvedev's orders on drafting innovation programs for the company.
"The president ordered the administration and the government to evaluate the responsibility of a number of companies [for failure to implement innovation programs], and the decision on one of the companies has been made...Pogosyan will take over the United Aircraft Corporation," Dvorkovich said.
Dvorkovich earlier said about 60% of Russian state-run companies failed to draft innovation programs and increase spending on R&D by the end of last year in line with Medvedev's instructions.
UAC, a state-controlled corporation, was established in 2006 to streamline the Russian aircraft making industry. It incorporates aircraft-making and affiliated firms engaged in the manufacture, design and marketing of civilian and military aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles.
ARZAMAS (Central Russia), January 31 (RIA Novosti)