Canadian Manufacturing

Russia taps Quebec firm to better access aerospace supply chain

The end result should see western approval of Russian-produced and certified Integrated Modular Avionics systems for commercial aircraft.

Montreal—Systems engineering and consulting firm Marinvent Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Russian State Research Institute of Aviation Systems (GosNIIAS) to help gain Western approval of Russian-produced and certified Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) systems for commercial aircraft.

The multi-year program will see St. Bruno, Que.-based Marinvent with the avionics supply chain in Canada and Russia, including AR MAK, which has certification authority, and GosNIIAS to ensure that the IMA system is designed and produced completely in accordance with Western certification guidelines.

At the end of the project, Russia will have access to a “certification-ready” platform for the integration and certification of extended IMA functionality in Canada and will have demonstrated that Russian-produced avionics, together with the processes that produced them, are as safe as those in the West.

The project hinges on Marinvent’s CertPro certification process optimization software, which generates and gathers all documentation, plans, standards and certification evidence at the time it is produced.

The partnership has some heavyweight support, being signed at the Joint Session of the Russia-Canada Intergovernmental Economic Commission (IEC) in Moscow with Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Arkady V. Dvorkovich and Canada’s Minister of International Trade Edward Fast lending their political heft to the deal.

“I am extremely pleased to be making this announcement following an excellent IEC session in Moscow and am particularly happy with the level of support that this project is receiving from both the Russian and Canadian Governments,” said Phil Cole, VP Business Development at Marinvent Corp.

“Marinvent and GosNIIAS have been working together on this landmark agreement for close to two years. The excellent working relationship and level of cooperation that we have been able to develop with our Russian partners at GosNIIAS is creating opportunities for Canada and Russia to work more closely together in order to achieve real progress on Russian avionics certification and to improve aerospace-related trade between the two countries for years to come.”

Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed

Marinvent is a research and engineering firm focusing on human factors consulting, systems engineering, and flight test and certification. It has 19 employees split between administrative offices in Quebec and a programming facility in Moscow.

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