Motor Sich

The Motor Sich Joint Stock Company (Ukrainian: АТ «Мотор Січ») in Zaporizhzhia is one of the largest engine manufacturers for airplanes and helicopters worldwide. It is also the only enterprise in Ukraine manufacturing engines for airplanes and helicopters as well as industrial gas turbine installations.

Joint Stock Company Motor Sich
IndustryAerospace industry
Founded1907; 114 years ago (1907)
HeadquartersZaporizhzhia, Ukraine
Area served
ProductsAircraft engines, Turbojet engines
Increase UAH 3.3 billion (2015)[1]
Total assetsIncrease UAH 20.7 billion (2015)[1]
Number of employees
21,860 (December, 2010)[2]


Motor-Sich currently produces the Ivchenko Progress D-18 turbofan which powers variants of the Antonov An-124 and An-225 freighters, although the Ivchenko Progress D-36/Ivchenko Progress D-436 series remain the highest production-rate engines in the CIS.

Motor Sich inherited some of the former Soviet Union's aero engine manufacturing capabilities. It produces turbofan, turboprop and rotary-wing turboshaft engines that power aircraft in Russian service, such as Mi- and Ka-series military helicopters.[3]

Among the company's new products is the MS-500V turboshaft engine, originally intended for the Russian Ansat helicopter.

The company has announced that it was planning to launch its own helicopter, dubbed Hope, in 2018.[4]

In 2017 China's Beijing Skyrizon Aviation purchased a 41% holding in Motor Sich, but in September 2017 a Ukrainian court froze the holding for national security reasons. Beijing Skyrizon Aviation had agreed to invest $250 million in the Ukrainian plants, and to set up an assembly and servicing plant in Chongqing in southwest China.[5] Some, including former counsel to the US Senate Foreign Relation Committee William C. Triplet have criticized Ukraine for allowing Motor Sich to conduct business with Chinese firms. Oleh Lyashko, a leader of one of Ukraine’s parties said if the USA does not want Motor Sich to be closer with the Chinese, then they need to buy enough aircraft engines.[6]


In 2011 it acquired Orsha Engineering Factory, Orsha, Belarus.


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  1. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Motor Sich JSC (31 December 2010). "Motor Sich Annual Report 2010" (PDF). Motor Sich JSC. Retrieved 12 July 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  4. ^ "Motor Sich to start helicopter production in 2018".
  5. ^ Zhen, Liu (16 September 2017). "Chinese firm's stake in Ukraine military aircraft engine maker 'frozen'". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 17 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Genin, Aaron (2018-08-23). "KIEV'S NEW PARTNER: A BETRAYAL OF U.S. INTERESTS". The California Review. Retrieved 2019-03-05.

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