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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Boeing participates in Russian venture

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- Boeing has agreed to set up a division of its Moscow Design Center in Skolkovo to work with Russian partners in support of its commercial aircraft programs.

The company said the agreement with Progresstech, an engineering services concern, and information technology company Luxoft, was signed in Washington this week during the visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"As a long-term partner with the Russian aerospace industry, we are always looking at opportunities to expand our collaboration in the area of innovation and advanced technology," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Our collaboration in the Skolkovo Innovation Center project is another important step forward in our mutually beneficial partnership."

The Skolkovo project brings together nearly 300 Russian IT specialists, engineers and researchers in aerospace and other high-technology sectors.
Boeing said that as part of the agreement it will work with Skolkovo Technology University to share company training programs on design and project management methods, implementation of advance quality control techniques and approaches to enterprise modernization.

It said possible research partners for its projects at Skolkovo could include Moscow State University and the Moscow Aviation Technology Institute.

Skolkovo is located in the Moscow region.

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