RUSSIAN RESEARCH COOPERATION TO GROW WITH NEW EADS AGREEMENT

27 October 2011

EADS today expanded the cooperation framework with Russia while also encouraging the country to reinvest in the foundations of its own research and technology network for the long-term viability of the country’s aerospace sector.

An agreement signed in Moscow by EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti and Anatoly Chubais, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Nanotechnology Corporation (RUSNANO), opens new possibilities in technology research and development, beginning with the identification of relevant patents from EADS’ portfolio that could help develop business opportunities in Russian industry.

Potential areas include EADS nanosphere expertise in surface protection applications for aircraft and wind turbine blades.

In addition to signing the agreement with RUSNANO, Botti also addressed a session of the Rusnanotech International Nanotechnology Forum in Moscow, where he urged a modernization of Russian laboratories and an integration of the country’s academic management with international norms.

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EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti (left) and RUSNANO Chief Executive Officer Anatoly Chubais sign the cooperative research and development agreement in Moscow.

“The ‘right tools for the right job’ are essential for successful innovation and research,” Botti told forum attendees. “It is imperative that Russia re-invest in the foundations of its research facilities to retain and foster domestic innovation, to align Russian research and technology practices with international standards, and to attract top international companies for investments in Russia.”

Botti’s speech generated positive discussion, both in the subsequent question/answer session and in individual contacts at the forum, and his comments also were picked up in live social media messaging at the nanotechnology event.

“I wanted to stimulate the thinking by instructively challenging Russia on the necessity of recapitalizing its research labs and better promoting technology if the country wants to compete at the high level of innovation and research,” Botti said.

Russia has been a priority for EADS’ Corporate Technical Office international strategy, as more than 100 cooperative research and technology programmes already are established with the company and leading Russian institutions.

Possible topics for future cooperation include advanced propulsion systems such as the continuous detonation wave engine, smart meshing in communications and unmanned aerial vehicles.