We've got used to think that Russian production factories are, as a rule, half-destroyed buildings with leaking roofs and crooked staircases ending at the ceiling. However, the aircraft construction factory where they produce Sukhoi Superjets 100 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, is a sufficient refutation of the charge. About 12 thousand people work at the two departments of the factory. In the first one they make the fuselage, and in the other one they install electronics, engines, etc. Let's see how they turn a piece of aluminium into a plane.
Actually, no photographing is permitted.
Moscow sends electronic models of planes to the factory, which later has to produce them. By the way, the Sukhoi Superjet was the first to have been produced in this way. The 'electronic' production saves its designers and constructers about 2 years of time.
Here they turn aluminium into aircraft parts.
These are computerized control machines. There are 30 of them at the factory.
Chips go for recycling.
No one but a machine operator, participates in it. He watches the process on the screen, which is also the control panel.
These machines can cut large parts of a very complicated shape.
This part has been cut out by the machine.
The aircraft's fuselage has over 40 thousand rivets and the wing has over 15 thousand ones. With the help of this riveting laser, they drill holes and install rivets.
They also cut out small components with it.
There are almost no straight parts in the plane, so to bend them, they use these forms.